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PERFORMING ARTIST

1991

DJ / Producer

Following in the footsteps of Chase & Status and Dimension, MTA Records are proud to present their newest signing, impressive DnB talent ‘1991’.

Delivering a double-sided debut single in the form of ‘Sprites / Witchdoctor’ - already damaging dancefloors all across the UK and beyond - 1991 showcases distinctive and effortless production from the outset.

Originally from a small rural town in East Sussex and with influences from across the musical spectrum from Rock to Punk to Ska, 1991 first discovered his love for Drum and Bass in his teens. Now at 24, having honed his production and DJ style, 1991 is delivering some of the finest Drum & Bass in the scene, as supported by Chase & Status, Dimension, Friction, Sub Focus, Culture Shock, High Contrast, Metrik and many more.

With a plethora of music ready to unleash, keep your eyes peeled for 1991 in 2016.

4B

DJ / Producer

East Coast to the bone, 23 year old deejay/producer 4B is relentless in his pursuit of aggressive vibey club perfection. Since his first release ‘Bomboclat’ premiered on BBC Radio 1extra’s Diplo & Friends mix, 4B has been wow-ing all the heavy-hitters in the industry, receiving track support from Skrillex, DJ Snake, Diplo, Tiesto, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Carnage and many more. 4B knew his career was about to get moving when DJ Snake introduced him to Diplo as “the next big thing with the hottest s**t in the streets”. Following up with a slew of original releases on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, he quickly solidified himself as one of the most exciting new artists in dance music.

Making it his mission to channel explosive energy into ever-refined productions, 4B’s come a long way since writing his first beats on a high school lunch table in Westfield, New Jersey. His dynamic remixes, including one of Fetty Wap’s ‘My Way’ with Flosstradamus, have garnered millions of plays and praise from all of the major dance publications. His latest release ‘Pop Dat’ was the single most played song on the Mad Decent Boat Party and went on to become the quintessential winter booty-dropping anthem of 2015. It spent weeks on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, where it recently peaked at #6.

As 2016 sets in, 4B continues to push the limits with his music. Upcoming releases find him incorporating a new down-tempo sound into his signature Jersey Club roots. While remaining at the forefront of innovative production, fans can also still count on him to supply them with his recognizable club anthems.

A-Trak

DJ / Producer

At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble. After spending years as Kanye West's tour DJ and consigliore, he founded the celebrated record label Fool's Gold in 2007 and developed the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus. With its string of releases and parties, Fool's Gold broke down bygone rules of the record industry, paving the way for a new wave of independents and helping to make North American electro a dominating force. As a Grammy-nominated producer, A-Trak's seminal mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" marked an entire generation's introduction to dance music. Duck Sauce, his irreverent collaboration with Armand Van Helden, flipped the bird to chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous "Barbra Streisand," electronic music's first true viral music video. A-Trak easily segues from working with EDM's elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam'ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way. Not bad for a kid from Montreal who was once known as a 90's turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he brought home every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He has appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex. Through Fool's Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: the label's legendary events -- most notably the Day Off series -- are like a knighting ceremony for new talent; FG has its own clothing line and a Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery. It's the accumulation of these projects that defines who A-Trak is. With this sort of breadth to his resumé, it's no surprise that Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. A-Trak continues to push his own sound and the electronic landscape forward, tapping alternative darlings Phantogram for his latest single, "Parallel Lines," their first ever feature on a producer's original song, out May 20th on Fool's Gold. A-Trak's previous single "We All Fall Down" propelled him to a new level of pop production and songwriting, earning over 10 millions streams, Top 20 Dance radio placement and a Juno Award nomination for Best Dance Recording of the Year. The ever-young Trizzy continues to write new chapters in his storied career. chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous "Barbra Streisand," electronic music's first true viral music video. A-Trak easily segues from working with EDM's elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam'ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way.

Not bad for a kid from Montreal who was once known as a 90's turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he brought home every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He recently appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex. Based in New York for close to 10 years now, A-Trak's interest in the lifestyle of his generation has certainly made its mark. As one of the first blogging DJs, he now regularly contributes to the Huffington Post and owns the travel website Infinite Legroom.

Through Fool's Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: the label's legendary events -- most notably the Day Off series -- are like a knighting ceremony for new talent; FG has its own clothing line and a Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery. It's the accumulation of these projects that defines who A-Trak is. With this sort of breadth to his resumé, it's no surprise that Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. Currently focusing on more solo recordings, the ever-young Trizzy continues to write new chapters in his storied career.

Adam Auburn

DJ / Producer

Firmly planted in the riches of house music history, but neatly poised to move forward into the future, Adam Auburn has dedicated his life to the music he loves. The buzz probably all began for Adam in 2004, after winning the first ever Traxsource DJ Competition, sparking a whirlwind of international attention for the East Coast native. In 2008, the ginger-bearded house music advocate moved to Los Angeles, where he was blessed to be discovered by Insomniac, placed on display at their weekly events at Exchange, and ultimately the mainstage at Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape From Wonderland, and EDC Week Las Vegas. Auburn’s unique versatility as a DJ has allowed him to play alongside a range of Artists as wide as his love for dance music—including everyone from Kaskade to Diplo, Knife Party, TJR, Oliver Heldens, Duke Dumont, John Digweed, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, the Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Claude VonStroke, MK, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Louie Vega, and so many more across 15 years of DJing. Auburn's deep love of house music can be found not only in the infectious energy that resonates from his DJ performances, but also through the award-winning house music events his production company, Auburn Events, has put on for over 10 years—including Afternoon Delight (#2 Pool Party in the US—Thrillist 2015). In 2014, Adam began working as the Director of Marketing & Entertainment at Exchange LA, continuing to do whatever he can help push the music he loves forward into the future.

Alesso

DJ / Producer

With over 3.5 million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy-nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, “Tear the Roof Up,” and forthcoming debut album are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name. 

Beginning his career five years ago as a self-taught 18-year-old bedroom producer in Stockholm, Sweden, Alessandro Lindblad’s trajectory to the forefront of the global dancefloor is truly incredible. He began by tinkering with other people’s songs, creating his own edits, adding piano riffs and melody ideas, and uploading his versions to Beatport. Alesso’s efforts reached Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who swiftly took the teen under his wing, becoming his mentor, and signing him to his management and label. Alesso made an impressive entrance with the “Taking It Back” remix of Avicii’s “Alcoholic,” but it was his addition of a classic house drop to Nadia Ali’s “Pressure” that helped the single become one of the most-played dance tracks of 2011. Swiftly unleashing a barrage of brilliant remixes for Swedish House Mafia, Devolution and LFMAO, the then teenager was named EDM Artist to Watch by MTV. 

In 2012, he teamed up with Ingrosso and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for “Calling (Lose My Mind),” which went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart and has since been streamed over 33.5m times on Spotify. That same year, he was invited to open for Madonna on her MDMA tour, before releasing a volley of commercially and critically celebrated remixes, including David Guetta’s “Titanium,” Keane’s “Silenced by the Night” and OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself.” Since then, he has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, landed a Las Vegas residency, and became a festival favourite at Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra. During his first headline tour in 2013, he released “Under Control” with Calvin Harris and Theo Hurts, which topped the Hypemachine charts, was named Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, and hit 1m YouTube views in just 24 hours. He rounded the year out by producing Example’s “Queen of Your Dreams” and, alongside Swedish House Mafia, “Numb” for R&B megastar Usher. At the end of 2013, Alesso received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Remix for “If I Lose Myself,” another Billboard Dance No.1 with over 40m streams on Spotify to date.

Over the course of the last five years, Alesso has amassed 2.5m Facebook Likes, 900k Twitter followers and 370k Instagram followers, while on YouTube he’s hit over 100m plays to date. 

Taught to play the piano as a young child, Alesso grew up on pop idols including Michael Jackson, before discovering hip-hop via Nelly, Pharrell and Timbaland. But it was hearing his first house track as a young teenager that really opened Alesso’s eyes to the possibilities and power of music. “We would go to underage parties when I was 13, 14 years old,” he remembers. “It was the cheesier end of dance music, but I immediately gained a new perspective of what music is. I had never felt that kind of feeling—I still get it today—that rush and excitement. I want to be alive, explore the world, show love and spread love. House music makes me feel like nothing is impossible. I can conquer the world.”

He quickly immersed himself in as much house as he could find; a friend made him a mix CD, and it was here that he discovered Daft Punk, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello, Daft Punk and Axwell. Throwing himself fully into making music at the age of 18, part of Alesso’s success is down to his diverse influences and huge appetite for life, which riddle his infectious creations with an energy that is palpable. Alesso’s debut album proves the Swede won’t be limited by genre or niche. There’s soul, melody and adventure in his compositions; there’s never merely one tempo or type of terrain. “Every song I make is house at its core, but because I’ve listened to so much hip-hop, I think you hear an element of ruggedness in my music. I like to mix it up a little bit—not keep the same beat all the time. I’m not in any way making hip-hop music, but I’m very influenced and interested in bringing different grooves into my songs.”

The recently-turned 23-year-old’s debut single with Def Jam US/Virgin EMI UK, “Tear the Roof Up,” is an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Since creating the track in his hometown in Sweden earlier this year, “Tear the Roof Up” has proven itself to be an explosive opening to Alesso’s live set. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out four-to-the-floor rave smash, “Tear the Roof Up” is a joyous ode to living life to the fullest. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” says Alesso. “I didn’t want to make just another ‘club song.’ I wanted to create a moment in time.” 

“Monstrous,” raved Zane Lowe, who premiered the single on his hugely influential BBC Radio 1 show. “I didn't make it to Coachella this year, but I was streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world… I clicked on Alesso's set, and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hangar whilst the sun was beaming down on his face, and I was like, ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do.’”

“Heroes” is similarly uplifting. Opening with a gliding guitar riff, the vocal takes the listener on a journey through tempo and over-arching nostalgia before ending up in a hands-in-the-air sonic soul searcher. “It’s about believing in yourself and going for your goals. The song gives me the feeling that something might be over, but it’s ok, we’re still here together after it. This might be the last time we’ll be in that moment, but we can create new ones afterwards.”

A man clearly in love with music and life, Alesso’s ethos is all about living in the moment. He’s an impassioned producer seeking out life’s highs while defying genre, expectation and convention.

“I don’t ever want to make just another club song,” Alesso insists. “‘Electronic music’ sometimes feels like it’s all about the money; I can say 100 percent that I didn’t start doing this to make money. The main reason why I make music is to bring a message; I want to uplift people though music, I want to inject emotion into dance music. I want people to scream, jump, feel happiness. Explosive happiness. The best thing about music is it has no rules; I love the idea of breaking the rules.”

Anna Lunoe

DJ / Producer

“I’m your high-heel killer, I’m your midnight thriller, I’m your bass drum dealer – and I always deliver.”

Those are the opening lyrics of Anna Lunoe’s bold 2014 release, Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D.), and the words that define her as an artist: a tough contender in the ever evolving landscape of international DJs, demanding to be noticed for her musical innovation, pure performance power and seemingly endless energy.

Hailing from Australia, Anna Lunoe is equal parts DJ, vocalist, songwriter and producer. She is a proven underground club killer with the unique ability to conquer the biggest of festival stages, whilst consistently delivering up genre bending productions that transcend EDM clichés. In a few short years, Anna Lunoe catapulted from being virtually unknown in the US, to performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, TomorrowWorld & Hard Fest.

Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles from Sydney with just a few suitcases and a new EP – Lunoe’s made a splash. The effervescent house collaboration with Touch Sensitive titled Real Talk ended up at #1 on the Beatport Indie Dance Chart for four months straight. I Met You, the B-side track of her EP featured a then little-known producer named Flume, and currently has over 3 million views on Youtube.

Proving it was no fluke, next up was the forward thinking bass house bomb, Breathe, on Fools Gold/Ultra followed by the undeniable club weapon Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D.), which was picked up by Skrillex for The Nest and remains the label’s biggest release to-date. Zane Lowe then premiered, Feels Like, Anna’s collaboration with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on BBC Radio 1, which gained plenty of UK specialist radio support. Then between major collaborations, an impressive festival run and a 2-month US tour with The Weeknd, Anna’s All Out EP debuted #4 on the iTunes Dance Chart.

In early 2015, Anna Lunoe managed to find the sweet spot between club domination and radio land with her single, Pusher, with Sleepy Tom and created a summer smash with Chris Lake titled, Stomper. Mid year Anna was later invited by Zane Lowe to produce and host the landmark weekly dance show on Beats 1, Apple Music’s Radio platform with a tight group of music’s elite including Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Elton John & Drake just to name a few. She culminated a career defining year with the launch of her own touring and music platform, HYPERHOUSE – curating a 15 city tour, bringing along Sleepy Tom, DJ Sliink, Rezz, Wuki and San Holo.

As Anna Lunoe steamrolls into 2016 broadcasting live to over 100 countries on Beats 1 every week, with a swag of her own new releases in tow, the HYPERHOUSE platform curating stages at HolyShip and WMC, who knows exactly where the year will take her, but if one things for certain – she always delivers.

AWE

DJ / Producer

Born & raised in Los Angeles, California, AWE has emerged as one of electronic music’s newest and most promising prodigies. His catalog has gained praise from the likes of Skrillex, Annie Mac, Hudson Mohawke, Dillon Francis, Giraffage & more.

As a 19-year-old, AWE released his 2014 single ‘Crystals’ on Terrorhythm Recordings, which quickly ascended to become the #1 top selling Electronica song on Beatport. In May 2014, AWE was then inducted into the prestigious Los Angeles collective TeamSupreme. AWE became the youngest member of the team alongside his good friends Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba & Penthouse Penthouse. AWE then finished off 2014 with critical acclaim for his newest Terrorhythm singles ‘Griffin’ & ‘Triassic’.

Starting off 2015 strong, he released the single ‘Top Gun’ on NEST, Skrillex’s free-release imprint of OWSLA. AWE is now collaborating with various artists & has produced multiple songs on international recording artist Alison Wonderland’s debut album. With official remixes due for Hermitude, Jack U and UZ, incredible collaborations, and original works, the sky is the limit for this young talent.

Baauer

DJ / Producer

Baauer revolutionized the music industry with “Harlem Shake.”The Brooklyn-based hip hop and dance producer (via London and Philadelphia) born Harry Rodrigues changed the 50-year-old rules of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart to include streaming figures and YouTube plays. This was the first viral phenomenon to debut with a double platinum number one single; an internet meme that millions of amateur dancers the world over took to their own creative devices. Baauer, who began as a bedroom producer at 13-years-old, changed contemporary American dance music, has headlined every EDM festival in the country, went on to be a Billboard magazine cover star and award winner alongside picking up two American Music Awards on the way.

Signed to LuckyMe, Baauer’s debut album “Aa”(pronounced ‘double a’) is a record that could only be made by a kid born of New York inspired by rap and dance music culture, traveling the globe sampling and processing found sounds with special guests Future, Pusha T, M.I.A, Novelist, Leikeli47, Rustie and Tirzah. “Aa” follows the anthemic “GoGo!”single (2015), The “ß EP”with Rae Sremmurd and Alunageorge (2014), limited edition laser-etched vinyl 12” “Dum Dum”(2013), and the genre defining single “Higher”with Just Blaze and Jay Z (2012).

This is bright, stadium, urban dance music who has created an inimitable Baauer-specific universe with his continuing visual collaboration with acclaimed Los Angeles-based multi-medium artist, Jonathan Zawada. The signature visual work sees the helmet which Baauer stood on when he graced the cover of billboard; a feature from the first “Harlem Shake”viral - now dragged around the world. Symbolic of Baauer and his music, the artwork is made from a mix of natural materials and digital ephemera.

Billy Kenny

DJ / Producer

British producer, DJ and engineer Billy Kenny is widely accustomed to the lower, more aggressive frequencies in the amalgamation between UK Garage, House and Techno. His hit track “Work” has reigned the bass heavy side of festivals ever since it’s release in August 2014 and continues to do so while more recent releases on Dirtybird, Sweat It Out and his co-run imprint “This Ain't Bristol” circulate the globe.

Hailing from Leeds, Billy now resides just across the channel in Germany although his sound still remains more Radio 1 than Berghain. This prolific writer now has to be seen as one of the most influential ambassadors in Germany for the sound he represents, despite the fact that over the last year he's been touring more than ever across four continents. 

He and friends hold the reigns to their flourishing label This Ain't Bristol, which has turned more than a few well respected heads since it's launch in late 2014 and continues to pump out high quality releases to their ever-growing audience.

Unlike many producers on the circuit, Billy has perfected his craft behind the decks. His endless edits, live sampling, looping and unexpected choices of weaponry always make his unique set’s one to remember for those listening.

Blankface

DJ / Producer

Salar Saeidi, a California native known by his better name of Blankface, has been running through the bass scene with his articulate sound since he began producing beats in late 2009. In 2013, Blankface and MAZE, Arthur Darbinyan, founded their label, Savage Society, an artist collective of young, divergent producers that are making heads turn within the bass community with their eminently dynamic sound.

Currently residing in Orange County, California, Blankface has been up to no good, plotting his most vicious attack on the bass scene, producing some of the most savage dubstep bass culture has ever heard. The 24-year-old gathers inspiration from artists, such as Jakes, Subfiltronik, Benga and utilizes his own skills and creative mind as his weapon of choice to muster an influential onslaught of tracks that riddle and inject shock stricken bodies with sub-bass. With support from 12th Planet, Jakes, Shiverz, & many more, everyone will undoubtedly want to keep an eye, or an ear, out for this young and talented innovative producer.

Bonnie X Clyde

DJ / Producer

BONNIE X CLYDE, the DJ/Producer/Vocalist duo, debuted “The Ride” in July 2015, their first track in a series of hits that exposed the world to their unique style coined “Vocal Bass”. BONNIE X CLYDE followed up with their viral hit "Rise Above" which grossed over 700k plays on Soundcloud, 600K plays on Spotify, 900k hits on TrapNation's YouTube, and landed them a licensing deal with Insomniac Records. The duo later released "Why Do I," "Where It Hurts," "Worth It," and “Closer,” bringing their total play count well over 6 Million.

Fresh off of a direct support set for Skrillex, BXC made their festival debut at Life in Color Miami, and then immediately embarked on their 10 stop headlining "Gunshine State Tour". In Fall/Winter 2016, BXC hit the road again to continue their domination of the club and festival circuit nationwide. The duo performed at various festivals such as: Nocturnal Wonderland, Life Is Beautiful, EDC Orlando, LIC Fresno, and hit multiple club markets coast to coast. BXC finished off the year with a performance at Insomniac’s highly-anticipated NYE Festival, Countdown, on December 31st. Continuing their momentum in 2017, BXC will be performing at Life In Color Festival, CRUSH, and Middlelands, in addition to their streak of club performances across the country.

Their recent signing with Circle Talent Agency combined with the release of their debut EP in early 2017 via Interscope and Insomniac Records proves that BONNIE X CLYDE have undoubtedly positioned themselves for success for many years to come. Get ready to join the ride.

The Chainsmokers

DJ / Producer

Wise beyond their years and aggressively handsome, these two overachievers are focused on success… Never before has the world seen two furry browed individuals such as these two (seriously they have really bushy eye brows)… As you might have imagined Alex and Drew did not meet on the set of their Vogue Cover shoot while surrounded by super models, but rather somewhere else. Apart from Social Darwinism, the thing that separates these two men from the rest is their unsettling and uncanny ability to discover and create trends. They find the parts of things that people actually give a shit about, whatever they may be, and focus on creating and improving those parts. With live sets and productions that their own mothers describe as, “sounds nice, but a little loud,” these two always put on a show that was not ever described as sexy and life-changing, but should be. Apart from their unique personalities and boyish good looks, they have many similarities. They each graduated from prestigious North-Eastern Universities, they like hot chicks in yoga pants, enjoy a good burger, and have been rejected from many of the venues they now play at.

The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. Their live shows are becoming the most sought after in EDM. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them non stop and running to see them live every chance they get. Their signature sound has its foundations in Indie, Progressive and Pop Music. On the production front, their original tracks have all reached the Beatport top charts and their remixes always hit #1 on the HypeM charts. They've gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more. Their first major release, #SELFIE, and it's official music video swept the world so look out for much more to come!

CID

DJ / Producer

GRAMMY Award winning CID (“Best Remixed Recording”) has garnered attention from industry veterans like Kaskade and Tiesto, with booked gigs spanning the globe – from Las Vegas to Barcelona. The Queens (New York) based DJ/producer is ready to stake his claim on the world of dance music.

As a young Carlos Cid his passion for music was evident early on at age 11, venturing on a city bus to traverse the boroughs of New York, just to spend his days scouring through new music at his favorite record shop. It wasn’t long before some of New York’s finest DJs became increasingly curious about this enthusiastic young kid, who was seamlessly browsing the same records that they’d been spinning at clubs the night before.

CID's love for DJing became the catalyst for his natural progression into the world of music production. It soon became evident that CID was not only a talented DJ, but also an in-demand engineer & producer. His striking and infectious productions continue to capture the gaze of many of the industry’s top personnel including Kaskade, Tiesto, Galantis, A-Trak, Don Diablo, Spinnin Records, Protocol Recordings, Size X Records, and many more. It is an exciting stage in the career of CID, with an arsenal of explosive new material on the horizon set for release on Big Beat Records, CID is set to take his burning ambition to the next level!

Convex

DJ / Producer

Zack Morgan created Convex when he re-directed his focus as a rock guitarist to creating electronic music. Influenced largely by San Holo, Jai Wolf, Ilan Bluestone and KRNE, Convex's productions achieve distinctive energy with breakdowns reminiscent of trance anthems and drops inspired by future bass and neon sounds. One of the most popular DJ's of the UCSB house party and club scene, Convex is noted for compelling live performances that have generated both an avid following and an impressive collection of noise ordinance citations. Beyond Isla Vista, Convex has energized venues in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Honolulu and Las Vegas as the winner of Insomniac's prestigious Discovery Project for Electric Daisy Carnival.

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I grew up playing guitar in rock bands so naturally I loved everything like AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. I would practice in my room (amp turned to 11) and try to emulate how my idols played their solos - not just the notes but their whole vibe and feeling. To this day, I still think my melodies come as variations of the over-distorted guitar licks I was so in love with. Even now, I listen to a lot of alternative, reggae and rock for inspiration because I think it’s important to appreciate all genres of music to create work that’s actually meaningful.

Moving from rock to electronic was kind of a strange switch, but it happened because when I got to college there were so few bands that DJing seemed like a fun alternative. As I got better as a DJ, I naturally gravitated to songwriting and producing because I wanted to add more of my own personality into my sets. It’s hard to say which I love more - performing or producing. Both are awesome when it all comes together.

Making music is all I want to do and I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve put so much of my life into my music that moments like I had on stage at EDC make all the hard work and hours locked in my studio worth it.

Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Currently Living: Santa Barbara, California
Origin Of Name: I was actually reading a physics book for class (nerdy, I know) and I came across the word. I honestly just thought it looked and sounded cool.
Weapon of Choice: Chopsticks, used to eat orange chicken.
Source of Power: TJR, Jimi Hendrix, Will Sparks, Paris Blohm, Above & Beyond, Deorro, Led Zeppelin, Ilan Bluestone and Mat Zo. Also people that love music as much as I do and coffee and kimchi (not together though).

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Absolutely do it. Trust yourself and trust your music. Just submitting and getting your tunes out in the world will allow more people to hear you. The worst that can happen is you spend time doing something you love. I admit that it is a bit nerve-wracking to put something so important to you up for judgment, but the reward is unbelievable. It changes everything.

What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ? Or, what would people be surprised to find out about the profession?
I think many people have this false idea that DJs and producers aren’t really musicians. The stereotype is that we just turn knobs and the computer does all the work. And that’s just completely wrong. Most of the best producers I know are also insanely talented musicians. That’s exactly what makes them so good at what they do. I think people forget that the technology we use in electronic music simply allows us to expand the sonic profile of our music. Unlike rock or pop (where you’re somewhat limited to guitar, bass and drums), I have entire orchestras available to play the tracks I compose. I think it's unfair to say one is better than the other. I want all the flavors, which is why you'll see me incorporating more live tracks into my songs and sets. I love live drum sounds. Here's a secret - my first Christmas present was a drum set and I'm secretly addicted to drumming.

Do you have any memorable moments from past EDC's or any other Insomniac party?
I attended EDC Las Vegas 2013 as a fan, and it was incredible. Actually, I was in complete awe the entire weekend at how immense and beautiful everything was. I remember hanging at the kineticFIELD, and it was just monolithically enormous - it was a complete visual and musical overload. I will never forget the moment my friends and I were watching the last set at cosmicMEADOW and the sun was rising over the raceway. I remember thinking that one day I had to be up on that stage playing no matter what. It motivates me to this day.

How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
Absolutely essential. It’s why I try producing in nearly every genre. At first you suck, but then you get better and better and eventually end up combining elements and creating something totally original. If I hadn’t experimented with dubstep, I would never have been able to refine my sound within bounce and trap. That doesn’t come from playing it safe. For me, if you’re afraid of failing, you’re missing the entire point of electronic music and being an artist and musician.

Do you have a list of people you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
A ridiculous list! There are so many it’s hard to single artists out but Above & Beyond because their concept of soundscape and melody is insane. I love their music because it’s almost orchestral in design. Also Deorro because he’s completely original. I really admire his approach to making music - his integrity and passion are super inspiring. I’d also love to work with some of the incredibly talented acts that I met during EDC, for instance the guys in Dimibo. It was cool getting to know everyone at the discoverySTAGE, because you can tell they have just as much drive and love for music as you do. I could keep on going, but in the end, I just really like collaborating with people that love what I love and have fun doing it.

What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
That the movement is just starting. Not in the sense that the music is new, but because the music is now reaching a bigger audience than ever before. I think a lot of people have an issue with the music becoming “mainstream” but I actually think it’s really cool. Why wouldn’t you want more people to enjoy and relate to something you love? We’re also seeing a lot of mixing of genres now that makes for weird, but awesome, hybrids. Like electro-house tracks with trap drops and even using jazz instruments as leads -- it’s great.

Is success physical or internal?
It’s hard to say for me, because it’s really both - internal because when I write a song I like the satisfaction of creating the melody and chords -- you know instantly if it’s “successful”. At the same time, it’s external -- I’m creating my music for others to enjoy so part of the success quotient is seeing if other people enjoy listening to my music as much as I enjoy making it. It’s so great seeing people at a festival or in a club grooving to music you’ve created. That’s the real reward. I’m not too into “things” -- I prefer experiences. There is nothing like the experience of seeing a crowd go off to one of your songs. That’s exactly why my discoverySTAGE experience was so amazing for me.

What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio and why?
My ears. Because production tricks can only get you so far.

If we pressed Shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
The theme song from the movie Mulan. So good. Don’t you judge me.

What sound or noise do you love?
Sub bass. It’s hard to work with as a producer, but so sick when it’s right. It makes my entire house shake (sorry roommates).

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Deorro

DJ / Producer

Over the past two years, Los Angeles native Deorro has become one of the most sought-after young producer/DJs in the business. The young house prodigy has amassed an awe-inspiring discography, including a cache of original productions, collaborations/remixes with Steve Aoki, Chuckie, Axwell, Cazzette, Krewella, Laidback Luke, Carnage, Diplo, MakJ, Tommie Sunshine and R3hab, and more originals than even the most devoted DJs could spin in a week. All of this has been blasted out through SoundCloud to his more than 140,000 followers, amassing over 20 million plays.

Although Deorro initially came to worldwide attention from his prodigious catalog, neither he nor his music exists in a vacuum. Equally as impressive as his studio chops is his technique behind the decks. Deorro’s unique grasp on modern party music has led to his services being requested, and received, in some of the top events worldwide. Whether in front of 30,000 in Australia alongside Skrillex and Steve Angello or at the Dim Mak WMC Pool Party, Deorro’s fusion of Dutch, moombah, progressive and bass elements elicit revved- and raved-up reactions without fail.

Deorro’s fast growing and fiercely loyal "PandaFam" fanbase is a testament not only to what he’s accomplished in the past few years, but more importantly, to the amazing music and moments that are yet to come. And nobody knows that better than him. Just ask, and he’ll tell you: The only direction he’s going is up.

Dimension

DJ / Producer

The last 12 months have been massive for London based DJ & Producer DIMENSION. Since signing to Chase & Status’ MTA label in late 2014, he has already bagged a number of massive releases including ‘Love to me’, which made it to No 2 on the Radio1 Dance Chart and was Annie Mac’s most played tuned of December 2014, then arguably the dnb tune of 2015 ‘Whip Slap’, The latter was not only playlisted on BBC Radio 1xtra & topped the Beatport DnB chart for 4 weeks, but it also managed to reach No18 in the overall Beatport chart, a height that very few Drum & Bass tunes have ever achieved. To finish the past year off in style his latest release ‘Dark Lights’ was Annie Mac’s most played tune in November 2015. All this coupled with remixes for Chase & Status, Nero, and Duke Dumont, it’s no wonder he’s had more than his share of BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra air play from the likes of Annie Mac, Friction and Mistajam. Dimension’s mighty sound has also ensured his tunes are an essential draw for such DJs as Andy C, Noisia, Wilkinson, Shy FX, and Netsky. His high quality output alongside a proven ability as a DJ has led to playing some of the world’s finest festivals and clubs including Fabric, Amnesia, Creamfields, Dour and Origins.

With his recent success and the backing of the UK’s leading names in dance music, 2016 is set to be another mighty one Dimension on MTA Records.

Diplo

DJ / Producer

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.

In 2004, after throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, Pentz cemented himself as a full fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida” which received praise within the underground community. Diplo worked with M.I.A. on her mixtape, first and second albums, eventually creating the Grammy nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit No. 4 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart and has sold more than 3 million copies.

In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a platform for showcasing the myriad of fascinating sounds Pentz encounters while touring the world. Notable artists include: Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Baauer, and Riff Raff. Coming full circle from his days of Hollertronix, Diplo has utilized the label to produce the annual and infamous Mad Decent Block Parties – a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 19 cities across North America.

After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the #1 most streamed artist on Soundcloud for 2013, Beyoncé’s “Run the World” sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and sold over a million copies, cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world.

Fast forward to present day, Pentz has 235+ show dates under his belt in 2015 alone, and three 2016 Grammy Nominations including Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording, and Best Dance/Electronic Album. Diplo remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape.

“Lean On” the global smash hit from Major Lazer’s June 2015 release Peace Is the Mission has garnered a host of accolades including reaching #1 at Top 40 Radio, a first for any independent label, being named Spotify’s Global Song of the Summer as well as earning the crown title of most streamed track of all time, currently with 573 million plays, making it the most successful independent song of all time.

Dr. Fresch

DJ / Producer

Since 2009 Tony Fresch has made a name for himself as one of the most distinguished up and coming DJs and producers in the LA edm scene. He has played at some of the most well known clubs in California including The Avalon, Club Nokia, The Key Club and Dim Mak Studios. He has opened for the likes of Steve Aoki, Diplo, Rusko, and Dillon Francis, among others. In 2011 his remix of Chromeo's "Hot Mess" under the alias Rolex was chosen as a winner in Turbo Recordings' official remix contest and was released on Turbo Recordings' Hot Mess Remix EP. In 2011 and 2012 Tony won the title of "Best College DJ in LA" in a live contest vote. Tony has recently developed the deeper alias "Dr. Fresch" and has released two acclaimed remixes for indie rock bands Y LUV and Kiven. The debut Dr. Fresch EP, "Fantasy / Ecstasy," was released on Prep School Recordings in June.

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Music has been my biggest passion and served as my primary extracurricular since I was seven. Music has also always been an outlet for me to express myself when I couldn't verbally. I have created this outlet both in the studio and on stage. The primary reason I have pursued music so greatly has been for personal happiness, but I also strive to make others happy through my music. From playing Debussy and George Gershwin pieces at classic piano recitals to DJing Nocturnal, my end goal is to make others as happy as I am when I'm writing music.

 

Interview


Home Town: Tiburon, CA
Currently Living: Los Angeles, CA
Origin Of Name: My last name is Fresch, and I felt that I had to use that in my artist name. I chose to go by “Dr. Fresch” instead of Tony Fresch because I felt that it better represented the deep and groovy style of music that I make.
Weapon of Choice: For DJing: I will go through different phases where I have a specific “weapon on choice” track for the dancefloor. Right now that track is “Wonderland” by Denis Naidanow featuring Tyree Cooper. In the studio: My favorite virtual synthesizer right now is Togu Audio Line’s “U-NO-LX” plugin. It’s an emulation of Roland’s classic Juno synthesizer.
Source of Power: My friends, family and every music teacher I’ve ever had. I also look up to a lot of producers and DJs—right now MK (Mark Kinchen) especially. I love how he has produced both pop and underground music and has maintained a position as one of the leading forces in house music for the last 20 years.

Was there one particular moment in the recording or mixing process for your Discovery Project entry that made you feel like you were creating something pretty damn special?
When I finished recording my mix for the Discovery Project I realized that this collection of work was completely my own, and was entirely a representation of my personality and artist brand. Being able to look at the way I combined all of my original productions into one cohesive mix made me to realize that I had successfully created an artist brand.

Are there any dots to connect with where/how you grew up to your musical output?
My mom forced me to take classical piano lessons starting at age seven. I hated it at first, but as I grew older I realized that this knowledge would allow me to explore other genres. I joined a rock band in middle school, joined the jazz band in high school, and starting DJing at producing electronic music when I was 17, in 2008. Having an education and practice in several musical genres has given me the platform necessary to make the music I produce unique.

What do your parents think of what you are doing?
My mom is incredibly supportive of my career. I chose to pursue music full time after graduating college in May 2013, and she hasn’t questioned my decision once. She is excited by the strides I’m making as an artist and is willing to support me in all of my musical endeavors. There is no greater validation for my lifestyle choice than knowing that your family is 100% behind you.

What’s the strangest part of your job?
Being able to control and change people’s emotions with the music you release and the music you play live. It’s amazing to think that you are creating a different experience for people every time you play.

What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ?
No one “blows up” overnight. Every artist and performer in the EDM community, and in the music industry at large, has put an enormous amount of effort into their career to get where they are now. It took me four years of producing electronic music to feel confident in my productions and share them with the public, and I recognize that I still have a long way to go. But, if it wasn’t this hard to establish yourself as an artist/DJ then it wouldn’t be nearly as fun or rewarding.

How does what you do for a living affect you on a day-to-day basis?
Being an artist/DJ is a completely unstable career path, but the rewards are much more satisfying. I am constantly sacrificing spending time with family and friends to work on music, but all of my family and friends recognize that I have to pursue this lifestyle in order to succeed as an artist.

What is your ultimate career dream?
It’s cliché, but: to inspire young producers to follow their dreams. I work hard to support myself, however it’s far more rewarding to know that your music has inspired people to do what they love for a living.

Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
For every song that I’ve written, I’ve come up with a basic concept before I sat down in the studio. I usually get a kick of inspiration, sit down to develop an idea and spend the rest of the day in the studio.

How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process?
I take inspiration from listening to new music every single day. This not only goes for music similar to my brand, but for all genres. I could be just as inspired by a vocal hook from a 90’s pop song as I could by a bassline from a contemporary garage tune. The last song I heard that made me get to the studio right away to produce was probably something by Hot Since 82.

What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
I don’t use too much analog gear, but I love my Korg Triton LE workstation for how juicy the pads are. I love Rob Papen’s Subboom Bass VST for creating pretty much any bass sound under the sun.

How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
Essential. There is a clear niche in EDM for deep, tech, and nu-disco, but I make a deliberate effort to create music different than the norm in an effort to brand myself as something new. I am always willing to risk my artist career by stepping out of the box.

If we pressed Shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
Britney Spears “Lucky.”

What sound or noise do you love?
An 808 cowbell with a ton of reverb.

What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Sub-genre classification in “EDM.” I understand that it’s important to be able to classify music under genres on platforms like Beatport, but I absolutely hate putting a label on my music.

What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
That dance music has reached a level of global popularity that has allowed more niche styles of music to become relevant.

What are your weaknesses?
I like too many different styles of dance music. This has made it hard for me to hone in on a specific sound.

Tell me about your most memorable night out.
As a fan, I went out in Berlin a few months back on a Wednesday from dusk past dawn. My best friends and I started at an A$AP Rocky show and ended up at Watergate club watching Italo Johnson spin an all vinyl set until mid morning. It was amazing to be able to see so many different styles of music performed in their purest forms. As a DJ, playing Nocturnal was amazing. Winning best college DJ in LA in 2011 opening for Steve Aoki, and winning best college DJ in LA in 2012 opening up for Rusko was amazing as well.

Do you have any memorable moments from past EDC's or any other Insomniac party?
EDC 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were amazing. EDC 2011 was especially memorable because my long time friend and colleague Clinton VanSciver and I decided that we wanted to start a record label together, Prep School Recordings.

Do you have a favorite all-time mixed CD or series?
Jamie Jones Fabric 59 Mix. It’s an amazing mix of styles and artists. I bought the CD at Amoeba and have been listening to it in my car for the last two years. Fabric London’s mix series is amazing in its entirety as well. Fabric London is one of my favorite nightclubs in the world because they maintain such diversity in their bookings; this is evident in their mix series.

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Focus on showcasing your original productions. My Discovery Project mix included five original productions and one of my remixes. Convey that you not only write and produce good music, but that you also have an artist brand and a clear vision for your artist career.

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Dzeko & Torres

DJ / Producer

From the front row of a Tiësto show to a coveted spot on the Dutch megastar’s management roster, the story of Dzeko & Torres is equal parts dream and determination.

The Canadian duo initially found each other through an online forum for Toronto club events. At the time, Luis (Torres) was working as a photographer and graphic designer, and Julian (Dzeko) as an event promoter. The two became fast friends and began DJing around the city’s club circuit and producing together on borrowed studio time while juggling part-time jobs. Their first electronic dance music moment of reckoning came at that Tiësto show, which provided a clarion call to pursue their musical passions full-time.

“Tiësto was our main influence and inspiration,” says Dzeko. “After we saw him at that show and playing on that scale, we knew we were interested in doing that too.”

The co-producers got serious about their studio work, releasing a highly regarded remix of Jus Jack’s “Can’t Wait” featuring Black Dog. The track caught the attention of Tiësto, who featured it on his Club Life podcast in 2011. For the two Canadian kids who had come up idolizing the artist, Tiësto’s support provided a musical springboard that encouraged them to continue chasing their dance music ambitions.

“We weren’t the best producers at the time, but we knew we were doing something right to have him support our stuff,” says Dzeko. “We decided then and there to give this thing a shot as a profession.”

Over the course of a series of standout releases on such top tier imprints as Mixmash Records, Dim Mak and CR2 Records, Dzeko & Torres built a name for themselves on the back of their distinctive melodic sound, which they also explored on innovative remix reworks of indie favorites like Capital Cities and Imagine Dragons. The loyal fan base they accrued through their beloved podcast and ten-minute annual recap mixes helped elevate them to new headlining horizons and festival appearances at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland and Tomorrowworld.

Throughout their stylistic evolution and swiftly growing success, the duo continually kept Tiësto in the loop by sending tracks and demos. Their perseverance paid off at the end of 2013 when their musical mentor signed them to his management group at Red Light Management, a landmark event that the duo don’t hesitate to call “a dream come true.” Their Musical Freedom debut “Highline” dropped soon after, showcasing the intuition for upbeat melodies that put them on Tiësto’s radar in the first place. The subsequent months were a welcome whirlwind for Dzeko & Torres, who have supported Tiësto at his Hakkasan Las Vegas residency and even appeared alongside the superstar during his headline performance at Ultra Music Festival’s main stage.

2014 found the duo capitalizing on their considerable potential. After teaming up with Tiësto for his album cut “Can’t Forget” and a marquee remix of John Martin’s “Anywhere For You,” Dzeko & Torres consistently scaled the Beatport charts with originals like “For You” (No. 1 Progressive House), collaborations with Borgeous and MOTi, and widely supported remixes of ZHU’s “Faded” and ”ODESZA’s “All We Need” (No. 1 Beatport Pulse). Their momentum led to new bookings at major festivals like EDC Las Vegas, as well as a formative world tour that took them to India, Indonesia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Czech, and Scotland. With a slew of forthcoming originals including a collaboration with KSHMR and remixes for top talent like Kygo on deck, 2015 is shaping out to be the team’s tipping point towards stardom.

Electric Mantis

DJ / Producer

Alaskan born 23-year-old born electronic and hip hop composer Electric Mantis broke through with the viral success of his track “Flips and Flops, Drips and Drops” thanks to Reddit and a plug from Djemba Djemba. Today, the San Francisco-based artist is taking the next step in his increasingly heat-seeking career with official remixes for Porter Robinson, Giraffage, and more.

Firebeatz

DJ / Producer

Firebeatz, the dynamic Dutch duo of Tim Smulders and Jurre van Doeselaar, have become a true international sensation. Playing mostly self-produced records, the duo has delivered countless mainstage anthems, including collabs with Calvin Harris, Tiësto and Martin Garrix. On the remix front, they’ve delivered altered sides for a star-studded list that includes Rihanna, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Snoop Dogg, James Blunt, and Sean Paul.

Fans have also come to anticipate their original recordings, including major tracks like 'Dear New York', Guitar Track' (with Sander van Doorn), 'Helicopter' (with Martin Garrix), 'I Can't Understand' (with Chocolate Puma), 'Go' and 'Ghostchild' (with Apster and Spree Wilson). Add to this the live Firebeatz experience - no one gets the exact same show twice. Catch them playing the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Beyond Wonderland in the Bay area, or the ADE Festival in Amsterdam, and you’ll get a very different party than if they’re playing a residency at Marquee in Las Vegas. 

Every place they go, they meet enthused crowds, full of anticipation of what's to come. Because a Firebeatz show is the sonic equivalent of a blow to the gut and a kick in the head. And happily pummeled fans wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Ghastly

DJ / Producer

Growing up on a goat farm in the desert of Arizona might not be considered the typical American upbringing for the next big DJ and producer, but then again, Ghastly isn’t your typical American artist. Many have described the genre-bending musician as a partially insane young man with a dark sense of humor. Politely abominable and casually destructive, he wields the catch phrase “born to die” as a mantra to his chaotic lifestyle. His sets have been heralded as “energetic and eclectic live performances which are sometimes followed by odd speeches about the abnormalities of life, regretful sexual encounters, and well cooked food.” With such a diverse personality and rapport for his fans, it’s clear that Ghastly has one thing on his mind, and that’s to change the world.

After entering the music scene and practicing his talents with touring metal bands such as the Irish Front, David Lee Crow finally found his calling with dance music, and it inspired him to pack up and head to Venice Beach, California, to live out of his van and pursue a new career in bass-heavy music. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the scene, as Ghastly quickly claimed himself a position as Bassrush Resident DJ at Exchange LA, and has also secured a number of releases on chart-topping labels such as OWSLA, Buygore, and Dim Mak, to name a few.

Ghastly’s approachable yet hard-hitting style ushers a forward-thinking dynamic that is not often seen in today’s saturated scene, and his solo productions and collaborations present an unequivocal level of determination and finesse that fuses multiple styles together. Uniquely creating hybrid blends of house, trap and dubstep into a potpourri of bass, the young producer definitively pushes the boundaries of the entire EDM scene today, and a handful of the industry’s finest have recognized his potential, including Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tchami, DJ Snake, Datsik, Borgore, Zomboy, and Zeds Dead. With a slew of mentally stimulating originals and physically altering collaborations under his belt—such as his original “Miami Connection” with Jauz and single “Crank It” with Mija & Lil Jon—it’s safe to say that Ghastly is on a mission to redefine dance music for all.

Grandtheft

DJ / Producer

Grandtheft is a Producer/DJ based in Toronto, Canada. Establishing an eclectic, custom club sound by playing largely his own originals and remixes, Grandtheft has slayed clubs worldwide and is respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer. The music he produces is varied beyond categorization, except to say that it seems to move people. Grandtheft’s music is spun nightly in club and radio sets worldwide and has garnered wide-reaching support from Pretty Lights to Hardwell, Skrillex to Annie Mac.

In 2014 Grandtheft remixed some of the year's biggest Dance and Top 40 tracks, including Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do”, Dillon Francis’s “When We Were Young”, Alesso’s “Heroes”, and Calvin Harris's "Summer" (teaming up again with Diplo after the success of their 2012 remix of Harris's "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch). His official remix of the T.I. and Iggy Azalea single “No Mediocre” was quickly jumped on by Migos and became a club hit.

Grandtheft continued to drop frequent quality releases for the duration of 2015, with acclaimed remixes like Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” with Diplo. His original song “Keep it 100” with Keys N Krates won the Best EDM Dance Video MMVA, and was featured in the ‘Minions’ movie trailer. 

His debut EP “Quit This City” is comprised of 6 new original songs and was released on Mad Decent in October 2015 to critical acclaim. Stereogum called the tracks “internet-age genre melds that bounce and float like cartoon party music." With this body of work, Grandtheft has further defined his sound and made his mark as an artist. The first single and title track features Canadian compatriot and Arts & Crafts indie pop darling Lowell. 

With a heavy schedule of touring that includes festivals such as Coachella, Ultra, Bestival, TomorrowWorld, HARD Fest, EDC and Mad Decent Block Party among others, Grandtheft’s following has increased astronomically in the past two years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Jace Mek

DJ / Producer

Nineteen year-old Jace Mek is unconventional, as reflected in his musical exchange. His career commenced with two releases on Main Course Records, ‘Wuki - Same Damn Sound (Jace Mek Remix)’ and ‘Astronomar - Thot Process (Jace Mek Remix)’. His first original release on a label came as “illGOON” on Designer Drugs’ record label Sex Cult, followed by “Peyote” in collaboration with BIGGS, released on Steve Aoki’s imprint Dim Mak as part of their latest project New Noise. A second track was released through Dim Mak titled 'Flip The Funk' a few months later. On top of those pieces, Jace Mek released "Whales" on Tchami's imprint Confession, then continued on to release 'Understand' on Diplo's record label, Good Enuff. Artists and record labels alike have vocalized the recognizable spirited and vibrant impression his tracks give off. From the Los Angeles area, Cesar honed his musical abilities with a mastery of percussion stemming from a seven-year background in drumming. Producing for four years has taken his music to the national stage as it has been broadcasted over radio for BBC Radio 1Extra (Diplo & Friends), iHeart Radio (Evolution Radio), which is part of Dim Mak Studios. Jace Mek has had exclusive releases through Do Androids Dance and has been written about by Thump, UKF, Your EDM, and Dancing Astronaut. Support has been customary from industry giants like Skrillex, Diplo, Tchami, Steve Aoki, Boys Noize, GTA, Mercer, MAKJ, Astronomar, and Wuki. Jace Mek covets the opportunity to bring his vision of unconventionality and savage drum patterns to the masses. His affinity towards the electronic genre, House music, has led him to where he is now and will only propel him further in hopes of attracting an avant-garde following. “I want to revolutionize what a performer in my industry brings to the table. I want to be remembered as always being an innovator and never throwing together run-of-the mill productions.”

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Currently Living: Jurupa Valley, CA
Origin of Name: My name is Cesar Jauregui. If you get the first two letters of my first and last name and then switch them around, “Jace” is born. As for the Mek part of my alias, the only thing I remember is translating my last name into a few different languages, and it showed up as “dinmek,” so I kept the Mek part.
Weapon of Choice: Steaks, distortion, and FL Studio.
Source of Power: Surrealism—I love it when dream and reality come together. It creates space for creativity.

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
As cliché as it sounds, be yourself and pave your own way. Being unique is a must. If you’re feeling confident, or if you’re not feeling confident, enter the competition. It does not hurt to try.

Blurb Yourself:
At the age of 10, I began playing all types of percussion. I was a drummer in my elementary and middle school bands. Electronic dance music always had a place in my heart as I was growing up, for that was what my older brothers listened to all the time. As I entered 7th grade, I began to produce music as a hobby. Throughout some time, I began to venture off into different genres of music. And as I began to focus on music more than anything, I realized that whatever the genre is, music made you feel something, whether it be hate, love, sadness, or “Oh, this is weird.” I then found my love for house music, specifically. After going through two aliases, I found myself sticking with Jace Mek, and the whole vibe behind Jace Mek is simply weirdness. I’ve always loved weird music, and I thought to myself, “Why not incorporate weird/organic/classic sounds into house music?” I found myself creating something Porter Robinson refers to as “weirdo house,” which I’m totally cool with. My goal with the project is to create the coolest/weirdest music one will ever hear. I want to create something new and be respected for it, as opposed to creating something everyone else is creating and not being remembered.

Was there one particular moment in the recording or mixing process for your Discovery Project entry that made you feel like you were creating something pretty damn special?
While I was creating the track, I felt that this track correctly represented what I am about. I love old electro and house music, and as I was producing this track, I felt the right balance between old-school and new-school house music.

Are there any dots to connect between where/how you grew up and your musical output—from people freestyling on the street corner to a grand piano forced down your throat by your mom?
I grew up as a percussionist, and the feeling one would get when listening to either a snare drum or a pair of bongos always fascinated me. Percussion makes people move. I remember visiting Mexico, there were these men, women and children who dressed up as their indigenous ancestors and danced across the streets of Mexico, banging different types of drums or simply shaking homemade instruments, and it all sounded so beautiful to me. Music has always been an important aspect of my life.

Tell us about your most memorable night out as an artist or as a fan.
My first-ever festival was EDC Las Vegas in 2015. I drove out with my brothers, and we had the time of our lives. It definitely inspired me to work harder, because I wanted to play a stage at EDC one day. Seeing so many loyal fans dancing to their favorite artists was amazing. It’s beautiful seeing so many people gather around a stage to tap into a producer’s mind and to experience the musical journey.

How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process? What’s the last song you heard that made you drop what you were doing and go into the studio?
It’s going to sound so strange, but listening to folk gets me in the mood to produce music. I’m a big fan of Mumford & Sons, and I always feel something when I listen to their music. Feeling something while listening to music puts me in the right mood to make music that will make someone feel something. I could be washing dishes while listening to “Believe” by Mumford & Sons and automatically drop partially cleaned dishes back into the sink, and I would start to make something sad.

If we pressed shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
I only listen to super tite music.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love growls and electro saws.

What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Everyone should just shut the fuck up about genres. Without genres, there would be more creativity. More creativity equals more variety in music. There are already hundreds of different genres specifically in electronic dance music, and I feel that music producers who have not realized that their music does not have to fit a certain genre, are clearly limited with their creativity. Fuck genres.

What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
Throughout the past year or so, many music producers have found their own sound, and it’s so refreshing hearing new ideas. More labels are opening up to different genres, and it is simply awesome seeing certain artists get the recognition they deserve now, because they couldn’t before when genres were important. As artists begin to be more creative, I hope that the people who go to clubs and attend events begin to open up their minds a little and give artists a shot to showcase their unique creativity that hasn’t been shown before.

How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
I’d show them a picture of an owl with a lion’s head.

What do you remember about your first DJ gig?
My first DJ gig was March 4, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was fortunate enough to be able to open for Bingo Players, Henry Fong, Drezo and Kayliox. I remember waking up that morning and feeling the most intense excitement I had ever had. My family came to support, and my good friend from high school—along with this entire family—showed up without telling me, just to see me play. I was completely nervous about two hours before I was supposed to go on. I hate being in front of people as the center of attention, but it was different. As I took the stage, I began to feel happy, and it was the greatest time I ever had. I played almost every single track I wanted to play at the show, and the crowd loved it. It felt great finally being able to perform for a crowd after years and years of making music. After I finished my set, I felt this sudden rush of adrenaline, which stayed with me for hours after, and it felt awesome. I was thankful for that opportunity, which became one of the best days of my life.

What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far? How did it make your life easier—or more difficult?
Success does not come easy and quick. Building something from the bottom up is one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. Although, dedicating your life to one thing only, and spending everything minute of your day focusing on that one thing, can make things go by faster and easier. But in the very end, patience is key.

JOYRYDE

DJ / Producer

In a little over 6 months, Joyryde has risen from complete unknown to one of the most buzzing acts on the planet. With support from the likes of Axwell^Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Skrillex, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, Tchami, Jauz, Knife Party, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, Don Diablo, Ephwurd, Ghastly, Dyro and more, the highway to success is paved with bass. Joyryde's brand of #SwerveHouse is firmly expressed through his massive singles “FLO” and “SPEED TRAP.” Jauz not only champions his “Stick It In Reverse” mix of last summers hit “Feel The Volume,” he has been opening his sets with it for months. 

His most recent hit “HARI KARI” made it all the way to BBC Radio 1 via NGHTMRE’s Diplo & Friends mix and was also heard in Yellow Claw’s heralded mixtape series. With every blog raving about the lad, Dancing Astronaut put it best; “At a time of radio-safe club maneuvers, his is a brand out for blood." He ended 2015 with the launch of his self designed apparel line #RYDRWARE.

He opened 2016 with a Rick Ross feature on the 160 BPM "Windows,” a track who's genre still cannot be identified. With an arsenal of unreleased tracks, all the big names chatting about him, and some lofty touring goals, Joyryde is sure to hit the ground running in 2016 ... and bring all his Rydrz with him.

Justice Skolnik

DJ / Producer

Kayoh

DJ / Producer

I think music has always been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember. It started with burning mix CDs, to stacking my iPod at max capacity, to learning to play guitar, bass and piano. I was taking a piano class in high school when I started experimenting with track-on-track recording and using the keyboard drum kit. I thought that this was something I could do; so my mom took me to Guitar Center, where I bought a copy of FL Studio, and I was instantly hooked. Making music, for me, is an everyday escape. It is kind of therapeutic. For me, it is a way to transfer my emotions and energy into something that lasts forever. My favorite is when people tell me that my music evoked a certain feeling or emotion within them. That is pretty special.

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Hometown: Baltimore          
Currently Living: Baltimore
Origin of Name: Nothing too crazy behind it. My initials are K.O., and that was my producer name for quite some time until people were telling me that they could never find my tracks. There are a dozen other producers out there with the name K.O., so I decided to switch it up and make it my own!
Weapon of Choice: FL Studio 11, Sylenth, and some nice drum samples. I’m a drum kit hoarder.
Source of Power: ‘90s hip-hop and any weird electronic music that pushes boundaries!

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
DO IT! JUST DO IT! DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS! I entered two other Discovery Project competitions before winning this one. If you don’t win, don’t get discouraged. Keep at it, and hopefully you will get chosen for this amazing opportunity!

Are there any dots that connect where/how you grew up to your musical output?
Baltimore has a pretty awesome skateboarding scene, despite the harsh extremes of the summer and winter. Skateboarding grew my passion for hip-hop, and I discovered some legendary producers from that—J Dilla, 9th Wonder and Pete Rock, just to name a few. My musical productions started with sampling and hip-hop beats influenced by those guys.

What do your parents think of what you are doing?
I guess there is nothing really conventional about making a career out of music, and it will always hold a certain doubt. It still scares the hell out of me, but they have been extremely supportive, and they have realized that this is what I love and it is possible to make something out of it.

What’s the strangest part of your job? What makes you shake your head in wonderment about being a DJ and producer?
Having an aspiring producer message me and say that they look up to me or my productions is always the best feeling. I still fanboy over so many of my favorite producers, so to have someone message me and say that I’m an influence to them is pretty incredible!

What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ? Or what would people be surprised to find out about the profession?
DJs are often shunned by people outside of the electronic music scene, because they are believed to be replacing live musicians. A DJ, in my opinion, is a conductor of vibes, where the musical aspect goes back to the studio. A producer is 100 percent a musician and often does more, in the sense that they are not only writing their own chord progressions, laying down drums, and laying out a whole song, but they are also mixing and mastering (for the most part) their own music.

Do you have any memorable moments from past EDCs or any other Insomniac party?
Yes! Electric Forest the past two years has been incredible! Not only just the music, but walking around the forest at night is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

What is your ultimate career dream?
To be in a position to give back and to help aspiring producers—kind of like what Discovery Project is doing! So many amazing producers get swept under the radar, and SoundCloud reposts can only do so much.

What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
Yankee Candle. It sets the vibes and makes my studio space smell like winter pine. Always keep a scented candle on deck when making music—trust me.

Do you have a list of people you’d like to collaborate with (from musicians to lighting and visual artists) in the future? Why specifically would you like to collaborate with them?
I could go on forever with producers I want to collaborate with, but my top three would probably be Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Mr. Carmack. They are kind of all on different ends of the spectrum, but they all have been able to develop a distinct sound while still venturing into different genres. When you hear a Skrillex production, you know it’s him right away, and I think that’s pretty cool.

If we pressed shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
“Turn Me On” by Kevin Lyttle—although I shouldn’t be embarrassed; it is one of the greatest songs ever made. I should start playing it out.

What do you remember about your first DJ gig?
Oh God, it was in a really weird, grungy warehouse in downtown Baltimore. There were maybe 30 people there, and close to half of them were my friends. I was nervous, but my friends danced their asses off, and we still had a great time.

What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far? How did it make your life easier—or more difficult?
Work for yourself, and good things will come. Many people will promise you that they can do great things for you, but you can’t always rely on that. Keep working hard for yourself, and you will eventually catch a break!

Do you have a favorite all-time mix CD or series?
The Eric Prydz Beats One mixes have been on repeat since they started, and Soulection Radio is always great to listen to, as well. Shout-out to Eric Prydz; he’s a genius.

Have something you’d like to get off your chest that we didn’t ask you about?
People often ask me for advice for getting into DJing/electronic music productions. The best advice I can give is to focus on original productions and make music every single day. Just keep making music. There is no secret VST or DAW that can turn you into RL Grime. Just keep at it, and eventually things will click. It can get frustrating if you are not where you want to be as an artist, but you just have to keep working to break through that barrier. Don’t get lost in the sauce. 

Kill Frenzy

DJ / Producer

Belgian born and Berlin based producer Seba, better known as Kill Frenzy, has an affinity for crude, lewd, deep and dark vibrations. As a teenager, he acquired a distinct taste for house and techno from the greats: Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, DJ Godfather, David Clarke, DJ Slugo, & DJ Funk. These kingpins would occasionally drop filthy jacking ghetto records into their sets and the young impressionable producer fell in love with this sound. This booty based vibe went on to lay the foundation for Kill Frenzy’s initial releases on Ghetto Test (a subsidiary of the infamous Dust Traxx Records) and Juke Trax (DJ Godfather’s Ghetto Tech label). His rapid-fire juke joints, clocking around 160 BPM, were pure youthful adrenaline.

In 2012, Kill Frenzy signed to Claude VonStroke’s San Francisco based label dirtybird with his most well known release thus far, “Make That Booty Clap.” This massive record infected DJs as diverse as Soul Clap, Jamie Jones and Skrillex— the later of whom helped turn this signature tune into a festival anthem. Kill Frenzy went on to release several more records on dirtybird and became an important element in the very tight knit crew.

Taylr Swft, Kill Frenzy’s debut album is due out on dirtybird this coming November. Label boss, VonStroke says:

"I'm almost sad to start sharing the new Kill Frenzy album with everyone else because it has been my secret weapon all summer. At one point I was playing seven tracks from the album in the same set - it was almost embarrassing. I'm very fickle about choosing what I play and this album is amazing.”

Kill Frenzy’s inaugural album will include a collective plethora of sounds for an assorted audience with singles like “No Panties” for the ecstatic festival and club- goers and “All Night” for the Funktion- One hungry super fans. Séba’s diverse love for bizarre yet melodic, catchy underground house & techno is what has lured DJs and dancers worldwide, making him a force to be reckoned with.

Kill The Noise

DJ / Producer

The music of Jake Stanczak, better known as American producer and DJ, Kill the Noise, was born out of an era where Ridley Scott imagined utopian futures on the silver screen, and artists like NIN and Aphex Twin rocked MTV.

After channeling the influences of his youth through over a decades’ worth of forward­driven electronic releases (Roots, Kill Kill Kill, Black Magic, Occult Classic), and charismatic live shows (Coachella, EDC Lollapalooza, Hardfest), the name “Kill the Noise” has become synonymous with some of the leading acts in dance music — getting creative in the studio with the likes of Dillon Francis, Deadmau5, AWOLNATION and Skrillex — and as 2016 unfolds, he’ll be unveiling even more material.

Fresh off his second MTV Video Music Award win, and more driven than ever to push forward on all platforms of audio and visual collaboration, Kill the Noise now has sights set on a massive stretch of international tour dates, as well as an upcoming EP of original work.

Lane 8

DJ / Producer

Daniel Goldstein is Lane 8. Born in California, the Leipzig-based 27-year- old is building a strong army of fans for his melodic, emotional house sound. 

What sets Daniel apart from the crowded dance music scene is his ability to craft music that succeeds both in the club and on the iPod – a skill that has landed him an unusually wide range of DJ support. When you consider that everyone from The Magician to ODESZA, from Above & Beyond to Annie Mac have heavily supported his music, you can see why he was named one of the “top 25 trail-blazing producers” by inthemix.com.

His first string of releases with Anjunadeep, including “Diamonds,” “Be Mine”, “The One / Nothing You Can Say” and “Every Night," repeatedly topped the Hype Machine charts and garnered BBC Radio 1 support from Pete Tong, B. Traits, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe. Daniel is the only guest artist to ever release music on cult label French Express, while official remixes for Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, ODESZA, Maribou State, and Icarus have shown his knack for appealing to both mainstream and indie audiences, in addition to his deep house base. 

‘Rise,’ Daniel’s debut artist album, was released via Anjunadeep last year to cult and critical acclaim. An emotional 10-track journey across beautiful melodic instrumentals, leftfield pop moments and quirky electronica, the confident ‘Rise’ represented a bold, bright coming of age for Lane 8. The New York Times, SPIN, Billboard, and VICE’s Noisey all premiered tracks from the album. With regard to the release of ‘Rise’, DJ Mag stated Lane 8 has “created a lane all to himself, free of comparison and full of resilient independence.”

After yet another Hype Machine #1 track with his stirring remix of Maribou State’s “Wallflower”, Daniel released his ‘Midnight EP’ in January of 2016 on Coyu’s esteemed tastemaker record label, Suara. The 3-track EP reached the top spot on Beatport’s Deep House release chart, further intensifying the momentum behind the Lane 8 name. Most recently, Daniel has introduced a new label and events concept called ‘This Never Happened’, removing the distractions of phones and photos and encouraging fans to experience the music and moment in its purest form.

Louisahhh

DJ / Producer

Raised in an atmosphere bursting with passion for music, LOUISAHHH (born Louisa Pillot) started singing and playing instruments at an early age before discovering a passion for DJing.

Starting at age 17, sneaking into New York City clubs with fake IDs, LOUISAHHH (a name chosen "as a war cry or a shriek of delight") has since honed a style that is hard but deep, tough but tender.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, LOUISAHHH became half of house-centric production duo NYCPARTYINFO, releasing records with Throne of Blood, Nurvous and Young Adults. However, it wasn't until Danny Daze requested some that LOUISAHHH's talents as a singer and songwriter began to shine, gaining more notoriety as modern classic 'Your Everything' climbed the deep house charts.

Amidst this whirlwind of excitement, a fateful meeting of French techno wonderkind, Brodinski spiraled into a fast friendship and eventual collaboration for Brodinski's young label, Bromance Records. With 'Let The Beat Control Your Body' and 'Nobody Rules The Streets' becoming peak-time anthems, and explosive vocal collaborations in the realms of both deep house and techno, LOUISAHHH was getting ready to release her own productions into the world.

2013 brings about LOUISAHHH's first serious solo EP - 'Transcend' - on Bromance records quickly following by 3 collab EPs with fellow French producer Maelstrom in 2014 and early 2015.

Supported by dynamic, emotional, ferocious DJ sets rife with technical finesse, LOUISAHHH maintains that "she is thrilled to be alive", and that her music is an active expression of this. Her second solo EP - 'Shadow Work' - for Bromance came out last September. In the meantime, she launched her own imprint, RAAR, in collaboration with Maelstrom. The very first EP was released in November 2015 (with a new project led by techno legend Dave Clarke). She's now back in the studio, cooking some new tracks for her upcoming record. Keep an eye out!

Mahalo

DJ / Producer

Few have been able to accomplish what Mahalo has done in such a short period of time. Hailing from the shores of Hawai’i and setting up shop in Southern California, this young producer has quickly solidified himself as one of the newest rising stars to emerge from the Los Angeles dance music scene. Drawing inspiration from several styles and artists has allowed him to blur the lines sonically, creating cutting edge material that pays homage to the past while always pushing to be progressive. In just a little over a year since launching onto the scene, Mahalo has garnered the support of many renowned artists such as EDX, My Digital Enemy, Listenbee, Nora En Pure, MAKJ, and Sam Feldt. The label support is just as impressive, having releases on some of the world's most esteemed imprints such as Armada Music, Spinnin' Records, No Definition, Mark Knight's Toolroom Records and Kiesza's label Lokal Legend. However, his track record doesn't stop there - Mahalo has maintained consistent chart-topping success with nearly every release on platforms such as Beatport, Hype Machine and SoundCloud. More recently, he has seen overwhelming support from Spotify's taste makers and curators, landing features on some of their most coveted and exclusive dance music playlists. The unique and signature style of Mahalo has earned him the respect of many in both the underground dance music scene as well as the more popular factions of the entertainment industry, proving that we're only witnessing the beginning of what this special LA-talent will bring to the music scene and the dance floor.

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Hometown: Kamuela, HI
Currently Living: Los Angeles, CA
Origin of Name: The word mahalo is Hawaiian and means “thank you.” For my project, it’s a bit of homage to all the great people who have inspired me along the way.
Weapon of Choice: Cat Lewis.
Source of Power: Leftism and an espresso shot.

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Come at it with everything you’ve got, and don’t be afraid to try something that hasn’t been done before. If you don’t get it the first time, second time or the third time… keep trying and hone your craft. As long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing, then it’s all worthwhile.

Blurb Yourself:
Music has been a major part of my life since I was a kid. My father was really into dance music, and I grew up listening to artists like Leftfield, Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, the Freestylers, etc. The reverberations of growing up listening to those artists are definitely present in my style today and have played a major role in how I express myself through music. However, for me, writing music isn’t just about personal expression but also about trying to connect with the listener. I hope my music can impact someone the way my favorite artists did for me when I was younger.

Was there one particular moment in the recording or mixing process for your Discovery Project entry that made you feel like you were creating something pretty damn special?
Totally. Once I finished the mix, I noticed I had put together an array of tracks that not only complemented each other’s energy but also were entirely my own tracks (with the exception of the opener, which is an amazing remix of my song “Move” by a new talent known as Mishqeen). I made a mix with all my own tracks before, but this was the first time I was actually really digging the overall flow of how the tracks worked together. It really struck a chord with me. Regardless of how this contest panned out, I’d be happy I at least got a chance to put together this mix showcasing my newest tunes and some of my more popular released material.

Are there any dots to connect between where/how you grew up and your musical output—from people freestyling on the street corner to a grand piano forced down your throat by your mom?
Funny you mention freestyling, because that sorta was the catalyst for me really taking on any kind of semi-serious music career. When I was young, like 13 to 14, I bought Sony Acid and dabbled in production a bit. But it wasn’t until I got my first Mac with GarageBand that really kind of sparked me to pursue any kind of musical alias. Of course at that time, being a rapper was the thing, and my closest friends were all about it; so I started to record myself and put little demos out online. It was terrible. But I most likely wouldn’t have carried down the road that got me to where I am today had I not found so much interest in it all.

Tell us about your most memorable night out as an artist or as a fan.
EDC 2010 has to be it for me. I’ll never forget when Lil Jon came out during Laidback Luke’s set and went ape-shit on the crowd for jumping the fences. That was just a couple weeks before I moved to L.A., and I remember being blown away by it all. The production, the Coliseum, the artists, the vibe—everything was just really top-notch.

How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process? What’s the last song you heard that made you drop what you were doing and go into the studio?
Listening to music always has its place in the creative process. For me, listening to old songs that induce nostalgia really helps get me into the zone, but I also get a lot of ideas from listening to radio, where there are tracks I normally wouldn’t listen to. That opens my mind to new ideas and allows me to explore when I write new music. This wasn’t the last time, but I have a very distinct memory of hearing “La La Land” on the radio by DVBBS & Shaun Frank. The first time I heard it, I knew I could do something dope with it, so I got in touch with Shaun and grabbed the stems. I think the remix turned out great, and we hit #1 remix on Hype Machine when I put it out. I think it all plays into the story of keeping your ear low to the ground and being on top of what’s coming out, which is really just listening to music.

If we pressed shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
I’d be a lot more shocked that you found my iPod, haha. But I actually have been using Spotify playlists a lot to listen to music nowadays. I love the platform, and they’ve done a fantastic job of cutting out all the noise from the repost and PR services that have essentially oversaturated SoundCloud. Their curators are great about selecting high-quality tracks, and you can literally find your mood in playlist form, click shuffle, and drift away.

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound my cat makes when she’s happy to see me. Reese bass is pretty tight, too.

What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Unless you’re a politician… politics.

What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
I’m just excited to come up in an environment with all these other talented musicians I’ve come to know and love over this journey so far. It’s been really inspirational to watch all these people bloom into the great artists they’re capable of being. In regards to the culture, it’s great to know there’s a younger generation that’s eating this all up, as well. You see kids that are 12 years old putting out palatable and sometimes even pretty good productions. That’s wild, because I remember where I was with all this when I was that age, and it was nowhere close. I can’t wait to see what this younger generation is going to be able to do.

How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
“Roof casually dripping down on your head” music.

What do you remember about your first DJ gig?
My first DJ gig was actually a house party for this girl’s mom and her friends. I had to play a bunch of oldies tunes to start off, and once the party was a bit liquored up, I started playing some more upbeat house stuff for them. There were a ton of old people getting all wild to it, and the mom was really happy with how it all turned out. I remember what really made the night for me, though, was my friend’s sister was dating Larry Fitzgerald from the Cardinals at the time, and he came up to me and told me he was feeling the music. Looking back on it now, it’s a pretty funny start to the whole DJ thing.

What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far? How did it make your life easier—or more difficult?
The hardest lesson I’ve learned by far is how hard it is to balance working with really close friends. It’s a slippery slope, and I would recommend avoiding it if at all possible. This industry is a roller coaster, and involving your good friends in the mix is risky, unless they’re fully committed to riding that roller coaster with you.

MAKJ

DJ / Producer

Mackenzie Johnson, better known as MAKJ, uncovered a passion for mixing and DJ’ing at only 15 years of age while living overseas in China as a professional racecar driver. The teenager soon grabbed hold of his first set of Technics 1200 Turntables and the rest was history. As a 17-year-old, Johnson made his way back to the United States with a unique outlook and greater ambition than ever before. The insight Johnson acquired abroad gave him incredible local momentum; Johnson found himself repeatedly invited to DJ countless local university and community college events in his hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA. It was at this age that MAKJ also received priceless DJ’ing tutelage from one of the best in history, the late great DJ AM himself, who trained MAKJ in the art of scratching over the course of several one-on-one lessons. Honing and perfecting his skills over the past several years, MAKJ has DJ’ed at premier venues all over the U.S., and has also toured extensively all over the world. He performed at the 2013 and 2014 Ultra Music Festivals in Miami and earned himself a slot on the Main Stage at the inaugural 2013 TomorrowWorld event in Georgia. Fall 2013 saw MAKJ embark on his first cross-country bus tour with Bingo Players and Bassjackers which hit virtually every major market in North America. 2014 has seen MAKJ tour across Europe on his sold-out “Let’s Get Fucked Up Tour,” and across North American shortly thereafter for the “Peyote Tour,” his first full headlining run there, which featured stops at Coachella, Ultra, Northern Lights Festival, Euphoria Festival, Webster Hall, Ruby Skye, BETA and many other clubs and festivals. Summer 2014 saw MAKJ returning to Europe for further festivals and club shows, and his first full headlining run across Asia.

MAKJ’s creativity and diversity as an artist have shown through in his production work with his tracks deservingly awarding him much critical acclaim and praise. His originals, edits, bootlegs, and remixes have received immense support from renowned artists such as Hardwell, Tiesto, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Chuckie, Avicii, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Michael Woods, Nervo, Bingo Players, Sander Van Doorn, W&W, Showtek, David Guetta and many others. With the support of these greats in his pocket, MAKJ is now thriving as a producer; he released a slew of hit tracks over the course of 2013, including 3 Beatport Top 10 hits – a collab with Hardwell (“Countdown”) on his Revealed label which went #1 on Beatport after 3 days, and two releases on the Bingo Players’ Hysteria Records (“Springen” & “Encore”). He also released tracks on Sander Van Doorn’s Doorn Records (“Revolution”), Michael Woods’ Diffused (“Hakaka”), Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Music (“Hold Up”), and official remixes on mega-dance labels Ultra Records and Spinnin’. Additionally, MAKJ hosts a weekly radio show on Clear Channel’s Evolution channel which can also be heard on 101.7fm in Boston and online via iHeartRadio.

At only 24 years of age, Mackenzie Johnson has achieved an almost unfathomable amount of success, capped off by being named #63 in the 2014 DJMag poll. His dedication to his craft and ambition to surpass any and all competitors will further propel MAKJ higher than he could ever have imagined.

Matroda

DJ / Producer

Today sees the electronic music industry evolving at fleeting speed, rising with talent like Croatian raised Matroda. Bringing in explosive bass house and garage impressions, the studio sets no limits for this 21 year old.

Taking early influences with him from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles while introducing classical training across the violin, drums and keyboard, the Matroda sound is well rounded.

His first career remix of SNBRN's 'California' with Chris Lake in 2015, proved an electric festival vibe-chaser gaining support from Diplo, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer. Hitting the #2 spot on Beatport's main chart upon its entrance and #1 on its house charts, it was a no-brainer the edit polled in at #5 on SirusFM's 2015 songs of the year.

In 2016 he kicks off the year with the new bass-house anthem "Chronic" which has only recently see the light of the day, but already being supported by some of the industry's leading heavyweights like Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Porter Robinson, Knife Party, Deorro and Hardwell. 

From the studio and throughout the clubs blowing up speakers, this gem is set for an epic road ahead, so prepare yourself for what is anticipated to be an epic time for Matroda.

Maze

DJ / Producer

There is no beastly description to illustrate the sounds that emerge from M A Z E. Storming the bass music culture straight out the swamps of Southern California, this mad scientist has incorporated a signature style that has evolved since 2009. 

Co founded with Blankface, Savage Society is the record label home to the creative young minds of the electronic community that are marking their names nationwide. 

In 2014, Smog Records LA released "Battle Royale 1" which featured an original collaboration track with Dubloadz entitled "Swamp City".

Shortly after, the 2015 EP "Forfeit" was unleashed alongside 3 other heavy titles on Savage Society Records. 

It wasn't long until "The Business" paved it's way into various DJ mixes and live sets; a hefty full length 10 track album which includes the favorites "Zooted" & "Businessman".

MC Dino

Vocalist / MC

Colorado junglists know him as MC Dino, the infamous 8-year resident of Breakdown Thursdays at the Snake Pit, the nation's #1 Drum and Bass club night. The rock star emcee most notorious for his poetic genius with a microphone has commanded crowds at such well known and respected events as Cyberfest, Bassrush, Electric Daisy Carnival and countless other raves and festivals across the United States. Recognized for his high-energy lyrical prowess on the microphone, MC Dino is a crowd favorite on the mic and is an asset to any DJ he rhymes alongside.

Although Dino is not his given name, it is his preference and insists that the other is irrelevant. Though born in a small farming community in Northern Colorado, Dino spent time growing up in Mexico and various parts of California before returning to Colorado well over a decade ago. In high school he spent more time writing lyrics, songs, and practicing with bands in backyards than on his schoolwork. He began going to raves when he was 14, a time when raves were new and entirely underground. This exposure had great influence on him; electronic music provided a new medium and mode of tampering with instrumental sound. In this scene he also discovered jungle music and emceeing. Besides the obvious electronic movement that so dramatically shaped his personal musical efforts, Dino's other prominent influences include Prince, Roni Size and Santana. Exposure to these along with an upbringing encouraging all music is especially evident in his individual work, emceeing, and collaborations with Urban Aboriginee.

In 1997 he set out as an emcee and, inspired by the aggressive new sound jungle provided, used it as an outlet for the poetry streaming through his head. By this time he had already taught himself to dj and moved between rhyming and spinning, while continuing to write his own music. 1998 proved a year of reckoning and direction. He started performing regularly at the Snake Pit on a night then called Plastic Thursdays that offered techno one half of the night and jungle the other. During this period Dino gathered his musically-inclined cohorts and formed a solid group called Urban Aboriginee. The idea behind Urban Aboriginee was to promote the various but sometimes neglected talents (emceeing, DJing, producing, etc) of his intimate circle. The name alludes to modern day tribesmen surviving the streets of a concrete jungle (the city). Urban Aboriginee was recognized throughout Denver for its dedication to Jungle music. For five years, UA sponsored Kombat Battle, a party that allows young deejays and MC's to showcase their talent and provided an opportunity for up-and-comers to perform live in an actual party atmosphere. 

In 2004 Dino was introduced to Divine Elements through the drum n bass scene when he moved to Los Angeles. Fast forward 6 years of non stop MCing for some of the biggest names in the business and the biggest festivals and night clubs across the United States and we find Dino falling into the front man position with D.E. He ended up filling the void Divine Elements had long been waiting to fulfill with a front man MC. Dino was a fluid fit in the dynamic super group. He now is a consistent, positive force in an already solid musical group, touring and writing music with them all the time . 

During the for mentioned 6 year fast forward between 2004 and 2010, MC Dino has emceed for the greatest names in Drum and Bass, and Dubstep including Andy C, Shimon, Pendulum, Nero, Skrillex, Diesel Boy, AK1200, Dara, Bad Company, Mampi Swift, Teach Itch, and Craze, to name a few. Of course, he performs weekly and nationally as well as being featured on tracks produced by the likes of DJ Icee, Gridlok, Breakdown, Reidspeed, Divine Elements, and DJ Swamp. Other such accomplishments include co-creating Urban Aboriginee Records with his Partner Casey Bonse. Current works include on going production and live performance with Divine Elements, solo projects and audio engineering for various artists in the music community.

Morgan Page

DJ / Producer

Versatility remains the key to longevity. Any artist must be able to deliver regardless of the setting, whether it's in the studio or on stage. For Morgan Page, it doesn't matter where he is. His number one concern is sharing quality music. As an artist, DJ, songwriter, and even radio show presenter, he continually offers a unique and undeniable perspective, evolving with the times. No matter what he's working on, he delivers for the audience.

Page has become a seismic presence at festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Big Day Out, and many more worldwide events. In 2012, he was nominated by the IDMA's in the "Best American DJ" category alongside Skrillex, Kaskade, and Deadmau5. Two Grammy Award nominations are credited to his name, and his 2011 full-length album, In The Air, debuted at #1 on Beatport's "Top 100 Albums" Chart and #6 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart, while the single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart and resided in the Top 10 for a staggering 25 weeks. With all this along with sales figures that put him over 600,000 digital track sales and YouTube views that surpass 19 million, it's no wonder the Wynn Las Vegas tapped him for a prestigious residency in 2012 and Sirius XM gave him his very own radio show—aptly titled "In The Air" (on its 162nd episode and counting.) Even with all of this, he shows absolutely no signs of stopping. As a veritable tastemaker, this trailblazer is now taking EDM to new places altogether.

Welcome to the age of Morgan Page…

Instead of covering the same ground, Morgan has decided to chart a new course altogether in 2013. With new singles and an exhaustive Fall tour complete with companion compilation on deck, there is no question Page is ushering in this period on his terms.

When speaking of his new music, Page declares, "We're releasing music in a different way from now on. There will be multiple singles before the full album drops." He goes on to say, "It's inspiring to play something new in front of a big crowd and see the reaction. The crowd is very much part of the creative process. I pick the best songs and let the audience live with them. With the new material, I'm trying to make music that is familiar, but still has its own edge and identity."

For his first post "In the Air" release, Morgan took the eighties staple "Your Love" from The Outfield and infused it with kinetic 21st century energy, reinterpreting it for a new generation. "I wanted to give it a modern twist to this classic. It's just a great universal pop song." When Page reached out for their permission, the band upped the ante and responded with re-recorded vocals. "Once I worked [the vocals] in with my production, it kicked the song into 2013."

"Your Love" will also be on the companion compilation that will accompany the Morgan Page Presents Tour. In Page's words, the Presents theme is, "a way to curate and showcase things that deserve to be in the spotlight - whether it be artists, new technology, or other passions - as long as the quality is there and it speaks to me."

Over the course of the Morgan Page Presents Tour, Page will be joined by six hand-picked artists from around the world, and together they will make the rounds across 55+ cities in N. America. Those guests include Beltek [Slovenia], Maor Levi [Israel], Walden [Australia], Audien [United States], Project 46 [Canada], and Topher Jones [United States]. "Everybody has a role in the night," he enthuses. "They all build interest for the show as a whole. As far as I'm concerned, we're all headliners. I think each of these artists is doing something fresh and exciting and making timeless music." The same can be said for the compilation. Touting original and exclusive music, including tracks from each of the support acts, the compilation will be a mixed collection of pulse-pounding and powerful tracks that reflects the undulating energy captured in Page's sets. For those used to the temperament of his artist albums, strap in and get ready for a ride.

Outside of music, Morgan continues to use his platform to promote healthy and alternative living as well. He has written guest blogs for the Huffington Post about "Being Green & A DJ". He also utilizes solar panels to power both his home studio and car.

He says, "There's a cool synergy there. I want to continue aligning myself with companies and causes that are much bigger than music. It's important for me to spread a positive message in addition to making the best songs that I possibly can."

Spreading that message also includes Morgan's very first book. His "MP Quick Tips" Twitter has become a favorite among fans. Daily, the artist shares a tip that can encompass everything from production to quelling writer's block. Now, there's a book and app on the horizon, featuring that very same wisdom.

"It's a way to stay inspired and keep music fun," he smiles. Still, there's nothing quite like seeing Morgan perform on stage. Whether, he's spraying fans with bottles of champagne or manning the decks in front of massive LED screens projecting his songs' lyrics, the experience proves unforgettable.

"With my shows, there always has to be a sense of escapism for listeners," concludes Morgan. "I want them to leave their normal life behind and enter somewhere else for a couple hours. If they can listen to something I write for the rest of their lives and add different levels of meaning, that's crucial. "I want to create an event nobody ever forgets. The way to do that is deliver big songs that stay in your heart and never leave your mind"

NGHTMRE

DJ / Producer

NGHTMRE’s (aka Tyler Marenyi) rise to the top has been a dream to say the least. Some would say he arrived the day Skrillex made his ID the only unknown record in his 2015 Ultra set, a record that would go on to be arguably the biggest Trap song that summer. After playing his first headline gigs the week after, Tyler went on to hit almost every major festival in North America, including Lollapalooza, EDC Las Vegas, TomorrowWorld, Snow Globe, Freak Night, OMFG NYE, Moonrise, Contact Music Festival, and LifeInColor Festival. Only three months in as a touring DJ, he headlined six cities throughout Australia at legendary clubs such as Chinese Laundry and Ambar. After Australia, he went on to headline almost every major market in North America, hitting marquee venues such as Webster Hall, Avalon, The Mid, Beta, and Elektricity. He's known for his various Mad Decent smashes, including the trap song of the summer “Street” and his collaboration with Flosstradamus entitled “Lighters Up.” His Nuclear Bonds EP with long time friends, Slander, was one of the premiere EP releases from Diplo’s imprint.

From the writers online to the industry's top producers, it's ubiquitous: NGHTMRE is dance music’s next multi-genre prodigy. His tracks have charted #1 on Hype Machine multiple times and he was dubbed “Skrillex 2.0” by EarMilk.com. At the same time, he's gained support from the top dogs such as Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, and Snails. In fact, the list of people he has been tapped to do official remixes for reads like a massive hipster festival: The Prodigy, Theophilus London, Keys N Krates, Flux Pavilion, The Griswalds, and Elliphant. If you want to hear something you’ve never heard before, make sure you always listen to Tyler’s most recent track, whatever it may be.

Rabbit In The Moon

DJ / Producer

R.I.T.M. is an intense electronic act that combines dance, techno & progressive house with an unforgettable live stage performance. Decade is their new combo CD/DVD featuring previously unreleased, re-mastered songs and music videos. Each song is an expression of visual music performed like an electronic circus with abstract narratives and dynamic presentation. Ritm creates these live submersive environments by designing all encompassing experiences for their fans.

Star Shine is one new song featuring the worlds first full body video suit. It was constructed using over 1500 full color spectrum LED lights that display video. LED lights also have a bright deep saturated quality that has to be seen live to truly be experienced. Ritm has taken this cutting edge technology and created a break through in visual music performance. Bunny has designed an incredible custom leather suit to house the LED lights and painstakingly constructed this piece of wearable art. VJ Tek plays custom video content that is mapped to Bunnies suit while he performs against a video backdrop. In essence, this is an audio visualization of the music composed by David Christophere and Bunny that plays in real time. “These shows are live sonic research that we have been doing for 10 years”, stresses VJ Tek. The video suite started as a brainstorm and was conceptualized over a five year period. 

Being an independently produced band supported by the love of their fans, they have made a conscious decision to put on a show that really performs music through unique costuming and dance. They have fought to have their music presented in this way and it has earned them a great deal of respect. Rabbit in the Moon has been called "The Grateful Dead" or "Pink Floyd" of electronic music, while their fans are referred to as "rabbitheads". People have been so inspired that they have even gotten tattoos of the bands logo!

“We have been honored to play in such locations as a rain forest in New Zealand, a 10th Century castle in Spain, and at Ricon beach in Puerto Rico” says VJ Tek in his studio who also refers to the performance as “visual poetry”. 

All of this experience and dedication to create has made Ritm pioneers. Most people's first exposure to rabbit was to their song called out-of- body experience “O.B.E.”. O.B.E. was released in 93, and to this day, is still played in clubs around the world. In 2003, Muzik magazine listed O.B.E. as the number one most sought after record in the last decade. After the release of "phases of an out of body experience" (the remixes of O.B.E.), on Hardkiss Recordings in '94, the demand for Ritm became enormous. They began collaborating and doing remix work for everyone including: Goldie, Sarah McLachlan, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Sven Vath, Stone Roses, and Eric Clapton, Tori Amos. Their style of electronic music is favored by so many for being timeless. All of these things spawn from a band that has not graced the screens of music television. Alternately, Ritm has been on a grass roots journey, making believers out of crowds, one show at a time. David Christophere and Bunny have been collectively writing new music and continue to develop their vision. VJ Tek has been pushing this process and arming Bunny with amazing visuals from his collective posse of visual artists and friends. Ten years ago, David had an awakening one night at an underground party in Orlando. He saw an opportunity to fuse a new spiritual vibe into the music. So he began working on a sound that would change their musical destiny and influence the next generation of dance music forever. 

Jila, their newest addition is a performance fire dancer. Her mystical Shiva performances have helped capture David's vision of spirituality. Her popularity in the show has grown and has been sited by fans as “hypnotic” on numerous web blogs. 

Rabbit in the Moon's live shows have exploded into full-blown productions. Including the use of live instruments by David Christophere and guest artists, vocals and costume performances by Bunny, interactive video by VJ TEK, fire performance by Jila, and custom pyrotechnics. The new CD/DVD release “Decade” will also air in full high definition on HD network but, to truly understand you must experience it for yourself!

Rezz

DJ / Producer

REZZ is a DJ/Producer based out of Niagara Falls, Canada. At only 20 years old, her unique spin on underground Techno has caught the ears of Deadmau5 & Skrillex, and made her a hot topic on music blogs & publications around the world often hailing her as “Girlsaffelstein”. Having built a following through a series of free releases on SoundCloud, REZZ’s debut label release ’Serenity’ came out June 2015 by request of Mau5trap records boss Deadmau5. Her penchant for dark, eerie atmospheric tracks that exhibit maturity far beyond her young age is what caught the ear of Skrillex and led to her follow up 3 track ‘Insurrection EP’ on his NEST imprint. REZZ’s ever-evolving and idiosyncratic electro sound is only getting bigger as proven with her most recent EP release on Mau5trap “The Silence is Deafening”.

After joining the roster at AM Only, REZZ has secured herself a spot on major festivals including Tomorrowland, HARD Day of the Dead, Something Wicked, Sunset Music Festival, Ever After, Mysteryland, and HolyShip! among others. Her sound is as unique as her live show experience, where she is gaining a cult like following with every passing show. Having already garnered so much attention so quickly, the stage is set for REZZ to explode around the world.

RL Grime

DJ / Producer

Seemingly out of nowhere, 22-year-old Henry Steinway aka RL Grime has risen the ranks to the forefront of what is a new generation genre-fusing artists, setting eyes on exploring the uncharted and reshaping modern music with every new track he makes. Releasing his debut EP Grapes in April of 2012 on LA’s WEDIDIT imprint, RL took little time in making a name for himself, garnering early support from some of the biggest DJ’s in the world, including Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex, and Just Blaze. In 2013 he released his sophomore EP High Beams on Fools Gold Records, debuting at number 8 on Billboard’s electronic charts. RL Grime’s work as a remixer has also been met with great acclaim, clocking in official remixes for Benny Benassi, Chief Keef, Jamie Lidell, and Shlohmo – as well as a bootleg of “Mercy” by Kanye West, which has since received over 3 million plays on SoundCloud. With two EP’s and a world tour under his belt, 2014 looks to be RL Grime’s brightest year to date, continuing to refine his sound and further pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a producer in the 21st century.

SAINT WKND

DJ / Producer

San Holo

DJ / Producer

San Holo is the future beats to trap connoisseur that might be dubbed the fastest growing current electronic talent.

Making his debut in late 2014 with the COSMOS EP on Heroic, he garnered the attention of all the major tastemakers. This resulted in a friendship with the Parisian Point Point crew, who released his Hiding (ft. The Nicholas) single on their Filet Mignon compilation.

The world took notice, with San Holo growing to over 180.000 SoundCloud followers within the span of a year. His single 'We Rise' peaked came out on NestHQ (OWSLA) garnering Skrillex and Diplo's support and amassing millions of plays on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Early 2015, the Victory EP came out on the Canadian label Monstercat, renowned for having one of the most engaged and digitally oriented audiences. The release was paired with an intense visual campaign produced by San's own creative company and label bitbird.

Together with an official remix for Tchami's hit 'After Life', an Initiation Mix on BBC Radio One with Annie Nightengale and performing at the Belgium mega-festival Tomorrowland, the transition from the SoundCloud realm into real industry significance was made. Meanwhile, the 'Dr. Dre - The Next Episode' remix crossed the 40 million plays on YouTube and the 'Don't Touch The Classics' remix series is going strong.

San not being one to stay within boxes, his new single IMISSU is forthcoming on Spinnin Records, in a self-proclaimed effort to both push boundaries and bring the 'future' sound to the masses. His diversity is broad and the accompanying music video that takes place 'within the screen of the producer' is testament to that.

All this, together with a CSI synch, a forthcoming official remix for Porter Robinson, the quickly growing self-operated label bitbird, and tours in North America, Europe and Australia make San Holo perhaps the biggest 'one to watch' in 2015's electronic music scene.

Seven Lions

DJ / Producer

Producer Seven Lions has never had a problem breaking rules and transcending musical boundaries to satisfy his creative vision. Catching his break after winning a Beatport remix contest in 2012 with his dubstep focused version ofAbove & Beyond's 'You Got to Go', Seven Lions, born Jeff Montalvo, garnered early support from the likes of Skrillex and his OWSLA label. 2013 tour dates with Porter Robinson and Krewella pushed Montalvo and his genre-bending production style to the forefront of the modern electronic music scene.

Putting sheer technical production prowess to work in soulful, deep, hybridized creations all distinctly his own, the multi-talented musician is single-handedly changing the sonic landscape for future generations to come by bridging the gap between the soaring, ethereal vibe of trance and intensely adrenalizing bass music. His productions have seen stages at world-renowned festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival (New York and Las Vegas), Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, South by Southwest, and HARD.

After several successful releases under the OWSLA label (his debut EP, 'Days to Come', reached #2 on the iTunes Dance charts), Montalvo released his highly anticipated 2014 follow-up EP, 'Worlds Apart', on Republic Records' dance imprintCasablanca. Containing several notable features which include Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo, Worlds Apart debuted at #1 on the iTunes Dance Charts, and the title track was also featured in Billboard's 'Top 10 Electronic / Dance Songs of 2014' list. Even with the release of his fan-controversial single, 'Lucy', Seven Lions continues to receive high praise from notable EDM publications glorifying his itch to avoid creative stagnation. According to Billboard, Montalvo"continues to champion [dubstep's] melodic potential" andDancing Astronaut, while acknowledging that 'Lucy' was a significant departure from his previous sound, praised the track as "a potent crossover track that is destined to go over well in trance and big room sets alike".

Seemingly not content to simply alter the soundscapes that people will associate with EDM, Seven Lions has also begun to rearrange the way tracks are released and grouped, forgoing the typical "track by track" scheme for a more thematic EP format. 2015's 'The Throes of Winter' hints at a larger seasonal theme, to be continued through to his future releases. When asked about the spark for this vision, he explains, "Since artists aren't releasing proper albums anymore, it makes sense to create something that's digitally artistic with real cohesion as opposed to tossing out singles and just haphazardly seeing what sticks... I wanted to start making the music more thematic, interesting, and part of something larger."

Showtek

DJ / Producer

Imagine being part of something that is big and getting bigger. You can literally sense its growth not by rumors or by chance, but by being part of a movement. A movement that meets and likes to party hard at the weekend and then go back to work Monday morning, feeling fulfilled.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Showtek!

Over the past two years Showtek have become more than an act; it’s a movement, a tribe formed by the producer duo and its fans that is united in its love for music, excitement, artistic freedom and adventure. More than anything else, the tribe is the source of motivation and energy for Showtek and it is their mission to nurture it and help it grow. The music always come first, no amount of success or fame will change that.

We live in exciting times. The dance music revolution is happening right here and Showtek are committed to leading the charge with a sound that is always pushing forward—always riding on the cutting edge. Front row seats on the craziest ride in the scene.

Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, aka Showtek, two brothers from Eindhoven have been making music for over a decade. Two rebels kicking against the shins of establishment, speaking a language the party crowd could believe in. It was in 2012 when they truly exploded onto the global dance scene with the release of ‘Cannonball’. Childhood dreams became reality. Countless new fans joined. New productions got recognized and reached all corners of the planet, following the release of ‘Booyah’; a track that has Showtek written all over it, that it screamed it so loud that everyone sat up and listened, resulting in a top #5 spot in the UK singles chart and their first worldwide major hit! Momentum gaining, hundreds of thousand of fans worldwide have their eyes fixed on anything that is yet to come.

Wouter is the wiz kid perfectionist where ‘good is just never good enough’ and his will to succeed is paramount as he’s always looking for that ‘eureka’ moment. Pair that with his endless love for music, his extensive memory and lust for sports and you have one half of Showtek.

Sjoerd, Wouter’s younger brother and partner in crime is often pointed out as the quiet one, yet with his volcanic character he can transform himself from a mild mannered fashion conscious gentleman into a fearless, crowd controlling MC and entertainer. He’s not one to follow a crowd and is always looking to push Showtek to a place where they will definitely stand out visually and sonically.

Get ready to join the tribe: Here is Showtek!

Snavs

DJ / Producer

Since the release of his debut EP "808%" in April 2013, Snavs' career has been developing fast. Over 6 million streams and +500.000 downloads on Soundcloud his music is spreading all over the world like wild fire.

Snavs released his "Armageddon" EP in February 2015 with great success. "Armageddon" performed outstanding on Beatport, it was #1 on the Hip-hop chart for two weeks.

Latest release is "Time" via Monstercat that fast got 1 million plays all added up. 

His uncompromising style of producing and releasing music, Snavs is getting support from artists like Diplo, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Bogrore, Carnage,  Brillz, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Tropkillaz, Lil Jon, GTA and Pegboard Nerds.

Steve Aoki

DJ / Producer

Meet Steve Aoki. In the documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, viewers are thrust into the whirlwind lifestyle of a Grammy-nominated electronic dance music superstar who stands as one of pop music’s most tireless multi-hyphenates: founder of the taste-making record label Dim Mak and a chart-topping producer-remixer-DJ with his finger pressed firmly to the pulse of cutting-edge youth culture.

Ranked Best DJ in America by DJ Times in 2015, Aoki is renowned for his pandemonium-inducing sets and whiplash-inspiring travel schedule, averaging more than 250 tour dates per year including headliner slots at summer music festivals throughout the world as well as prestigious residencies at mega-clubs in Las Vegas and Ibiza. As a recording artist, Aoki’s 2014 studio album Neon Future I—which soared to No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Album chart—features the Gold-certified single “Delirious (Boneless)” with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink.

But I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead reveals a lesser known dimension of the entertainer: Aoki’s self-made success. His father Rocky Aoki—the flamboyant founder of the dining-as-entertainment Benihana restaurant chain—remained a remote presence in his family’s life until his dying day and refused to support Steve financially save for paying half his college tuition. “My dad worked his way up from nothing and wanted to teach his kids the value of money,” he explains. Forced to fend for himself, the younger Aoki launched Dim Mak Records out of his college dorm room in 1996, eventually breaking bands such bands as Bloc Party, The Gossip, The Kills and Klaxons through street-smart underground marketing (the label boasts more than 500 releases to date). “Growing up, it was always, ‘How do I impress my father?’” Aoki says in the film. “‘How can I show him I’m going to be successful?’”

The answer: a nose-to-the-grindstone DIY work ethic that has propelled Aoki as an entrepreneur and performer, ultimately placing him in the top five on Forbes’ Top DJ Money Earner list for three years running, and winning the respect of his superstar DJ peers who favor terms such as “force of nature” and “machine” to describe Aoki’s relentless drive.

Swage

DJ / Producer

Dirtiest pirate around making the filthiest bass in town...

TC

DJ / Producer

TC, otherwise known as Tom Casswell is a producer, DJ and singer hailing from Bristol, UK. Having taken inspiration from the rich culture in his city he began writing music at 16, landing a release on D-Style Recordings with his debut LP 'Evolution' that featured two of his classics, 'Deep' ft. MC Jakes and 'Jump'.

Appearing on Pendulum's 'Hold Your Colour' as a vocalist in 2005, he later went on to sing on Sub Focus 'Follow The Light' and his later collaboration with Culture Shock, 'You Make It Better', was included on the former's 'Torus' album. TC has also developed a name for himself via his infectious bootlegs, dropping hugely popular remixes of the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Pharrell Williams.

2013 saw the release of 'Get Down Low' on Skrillex's OWSLA, whilst the following year saw 'Everything For A Reason' snapped up by 3beat and 'Make You Bounce' with DJ Fresh hit Number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

Having rounded off 2014 with an impressive free download package titled 'The Countdown', January 2015 saw TC and Wilkinson's club ready 'Hit The Floor' land through Ram Records.

Expertly combining slick production with innovative ideas, this year will see TC continue to capture charts, hearts, dance floors and more.

TroyBoi

DJ / Producer

One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets has recently emerged from the shadows and is set to take the music industry by storm. Known only as TroyBoi, this multi-talented musician recently signed to Timbaland’s right-hand man and US Super Producer, Jim Beanz, things are heating up faster than ever! Producing a wide variety of genres, but specializing in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical trap beats, TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream and together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will never want to get out.

Valentino Khan

DJ / Producer

Valentino Khan makes everything. From hip hop club anthems to dance music hits, Valentino’s production knows no bounds. He has produced hip hop for multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning artists and continues to create his own sound in the electronic music world as an artist.

Valentino Khan has gained the support of artists like Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and many more noteworthy musicians. In 2015, he produced his original song “Deep Down Low” which recently was named as “Most played track by DJ’s in 2015” by 1001 Tracklists and Sirius XM Radio’s Number 1 Song of 2015 on Atomic Area. Khan’s 2015 was a big year, performing at Ultra Music Festival, Hard Summer & Hard Day of the Dead and releasing collaborations with Flosstradamus, GTA, remixes for Dillon Francis, Axwell & Ingrosso and Zeds Dead.

He currently has a great deal of new singles lined up for release on OWSLA. So far in 2016 you can find him on tour direct supporting Carnage and Jauz with several big festival announcements coming soon! This year brings about a slew of new shows, music, and collaborations that make 2016 Valentino’s biggest year yet.

Veniice

DJ / Producer

Alex Marrero has steadfastly established a name for himself in the global electronic dance music scene as DJ/Producer VENIICE. Given his relatively short time frame as a DJ the young artist has amassed impressive milestones of success. VENIICE made his Miami Music Week debut in March of 2015 performing alongside the finest talent in the industry. The MMW debut served as fuel to the fire that ignited a year of dedication, passion and wild success for the artist. Supported by Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold, Andy Moor & many more, VENIICE has been labeled as one of the artists to watch in 2016.

2016 saw VENIICE's highly anticipated "Coming Undone' release on AVA Recordings/BlackHole recordings. Supported on ASOT 754 and 3x in a row on Ferry Corsten's "Ferry's Countdown" the song peaked at #11 on the Beatport Trance charts. VENIICE followed the success of "Coming Undone" with a highly anticipated remix of Andy Moor & Orkidea's classic "Year Zero" on AVA Recordings/BlackHole Recordings. The song was featured on Above & Beyond's Group Therapy 186 and peaked at #26 on the Beatport chart. October 2016 saw VENIICE's remix of Sylvia Tosun's hit track "Underlying Feeling" via BlackHole Recordings.

With past performances alongside world renowned artists such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Dash Berlin, Skrillex, ATB, BassNectar, Madeon, 3lau, Audien, Excision, BT, The Chainsmokers, R3hab, Fedde Le Grande, Galantis and many more, it was only a matter of time until the DJ showcased his talent at the holy grail of EDM festivals, Electric Daisy Carnival. VENIICE made his Insomniac Events debut at EDC Orlando 2015. After a series of perfomances throughout 2016, VENIICE will be closing out the year at Countdown NYE 2016 in SoCal. After a breakout year for the artist the future forecast looks nothing short of bright for VENIICE.

Virtual Riot

DJ / Producer

There's little doubt of the hype that has been building around Virtual Riot over the last year.

Since signing to Disciple Recordings just over a year ago, Valentin Brunn has really seen his sound go from strength to strength, and with massive players in the game such as Skrillex and Excision regularly playing several of his tracks it's clear that the scene is seriously starting to take notice too.

Something of a rarity, the young German producer has managed to effortlessly combine classically trained musicality with class-leading sound design, creating wide appeal with fans across the genre, yet maintaining a level of authenticity that speaks to the foundations of either extreme. Alongside regular DJ support, Virtual Riot has racked up a vast audience online through his tutorials, fan interaction, and the more melodic side of his work.

His North American debut has been highly anticipated for a while now, and with 2016 just around the corner, we can't wait to see what's in store for him next.

W&W

DJ / Producer

After meeting up back in 2007 Willem van Hanegem & Ward van der Harst came together to form W&W and they haven’t looked back since. The past years this Dutch production and DJ duo have transcend the boundaries of genre and traverse the globe with their music and performances.

Fusing styles and mixing influences, W&W combine the uplifting and melodic elements of trance with the raw intensity of electro and progressiveness of house to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Infectious, rebellious and highly energetic, their list of productions is championed by the likes of Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta and more for its breadth, diversity and massive appeal to multiple audiences.

From their earlier works like the synth-driven ‘Moscow’ and floor pounding ‘Shotgun’, to later projects like ‘Invasion’, ‘Lift Off’, the embodiment of their multidimensional sound, ‘D# Fat’ with Armin van Buuren, the massive ‘Jumper’ with Hardwell, Beatport #1 smash ‘The Code’ with Ummet Ozcan (which became the most played track of Miami Music Week 2013), their chart topping remix of Armin van Buuren’s ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ and the official Amsterdam Music Festival anthem ‘Thunder’, these tracks have more than 10 million plays on Spotify; it’s clear each of the tunes leaving the W&W studio is a sure-shot of dance floor thrill.

But the biggest track of W&W so far was yet to come. The massive hit ‘Bigfoot’ came out in February 2014, became #1 at Beatport, generated many plays at international radio stations and festivals all over the world. And that was only the start of 2014; after ‘Bigfoot’ W&W continued to release hit after hit after hit. In 2015 they continued their success by releasing major tracks like ‘Rave After Rave’ and ‘The One’, a tribute to Whitney Houston, which uses the vocal samples from Whitney’s major hit ‘How Will I Know’.

As DJs, currently #14 in the DJ Mag Top 100, they are also dominating dance floors and festivals around the world. 2015 featured a hugely successful Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference/Ultra weekend with the performance at the main stage at Ultra Miami as a highlight, Ultra worldwide, Tomorrowland, EDC and their ‘Rave After Rave’ summer tour. Their headlining status at the world’s most leading festival and clubs is about to get even bigger.

W&W were the first ever dance music act to perform at a Major League Baseball stadium when they took over Philadelphia Phillies Citizen’s Bank Ball Park for a two-hour set. If that wasn’t enough, W&W continues to prove their status as innovators and tastemakers in the scene by also curating music for their Mainstage Music label, which released tracks from Armin van Buuren, Headhunterz, Dash Berlin, 3LAU, Andrew Rayel, Tritonal, Sick Individuals and many more!

Since October 2014, W&W have their own radio show on SLAM!. Every Friday night, from 23:00 until 00:00, Willem and Ward will rock Dutch airwaves with their show ‘Mainstage’. In this program, the two demonstrate their versatility and play only the best new music. The show has more than 300.000 listeners per week and gets uploaded to Soundcloud plus is available as a Podcast. North American fans can enjoy the show at the biggest radio station in the USA: SiriusXM.

They started 2016 with ‘Arcade’ a new collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and a vocal solo single ‘How Many’. Next to those their special ‘Festival Mixes’ of Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Adele’s ‘Hello’ have also been doing major damage recently, with the former proving one of the highlights of their killer Ultra Music Festival set in Miami. With over 2.000.000 plays on YouTube, their set has become one of the Top 5 most watched of the entire event.

Zedd

DJ / Producer

Zedd started with music in his daily routine from early childhood on. Born Anton Zaslavski, Zedd was raised in Kaiserslautern, Germany by two classically trained musicians, he began playing the piano at the age of four and built up his knowledge of the Classical repertoire throughout his childhood, at times writing a song a day. At age twelve, Anton learned to play the drums and, soon after he began performing with the post-hardcore/metal trio Dioramic. As a preteen he was already composing and producing numerous rock songs in his band's own studio. As the aughts progressed, Anton’s awareness of other genres widened, and in 2009 his interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing the French electronic duo Justice. With his gift for musicality and background in instrumentation, composition and production, the move into the realm of electronic dance music was seamless.

2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest". These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI.

In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd’s hit singles 'Shave It' and 'Slam The Door' (out through OWLSA) both held the top spot on Beatport's charts for multiple weeks at a time. In the same year, his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s latest album Born This Way and his remix of “Born This Way” appeared on Born This Way: The Remix. In addition to his own compositions and reworkings of others’ songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more.

Zedd’s stellar development is undoubtedly linked to his unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out in a crowded field as meticulously detailed and carefully produced, very playful and at the same time remarkably catchy despite the complex musicality drafting it up. Drawing from his diverse musical background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house Zedd’s music not only draws from uncommon sources but also has the ability to appeal to an audience outside the realm EDM.

Zedd signed with Interscope records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarityin October to much critical acclaim. The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention climbing into the the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart and holding on to the #1 spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks. The track then soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and was ultimately named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes “Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012.

In addition to racking up original production credits for artists including Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat,” Rolling Stone named Zedd an “Artist to Watch” for 2012, and more recently, MTV deemed him an “Artist to Watch” for 2013. Zedd has performed at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Nocturnal and in 2012, he performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York. Zedd made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in October where he turned his signature style upside down performing a stripped down version of his new single “Clarity” -showcasing his classical training by playing piano alongside a string quartet and vox from Foxes. The performance is a prime example of Zedd's true musicianship beyond the realm of EDM. Zedd was also chosen to be the only opening act for the Asian leg of Lady Gaga's world stadium-tour "The Born This Was Ball”.

A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars.

Zomboy

DJ / Producer

Zomboy came crashing head first into 2016 with the game changing single ‘Like A B*tch'. Taken from his hotly anticipated Neon Grave EP, the track became the go-to set opener for the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake and almost every bass DJ at Ultra 2016.

While the EP Crushed the charts, the 'Neon Grave' tour saw Zomboy sell out venues all over North America and has set the tone for an incredible 2016 for the producer.

Never one for slowing down, he's since remixed the Chainsmokers' huge crossover hit ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, and has embarked on his annual festival run, destroying crowds one by one with his inimitable energy and stage presence.